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Special Education-Technical Assistance On State Data Collection

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Special Education-Technical Assistance On State Data Collection


Federal Agency




Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Part B, Sections 611(c) and 616(i), as amended. U.S.C. 1411 and U.S.C. 1416.






To provide technical assistance, where needed, to improve the capacity of States to meet the data collection requirements of the IDEA.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements or Contracts).


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to support the objectives of the program.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public and private agencies and organizations, including for profit and non-profit agencies and organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities, and other individuals with disabilities, and their families benefit from this program.




Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as a single point of contact in his or her State to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure

The standard application forms as furnished by the Department and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. The program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedure

Applications are reviewed by a panel of experts.


Deadlines are published in application notices in the Federal Register, and may be accessed through the Department's Website at

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

90-120 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically from 1 to 5 years. Renewals subject to the availability of appropriations.


Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports shall be made on an annual basis. Final reports shall be made at the end of the grant award period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


The awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its award as stated in grant or contract terms and conditions.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $14,015,000,000; FY 08 est $15,000,000; and FY 09 est $15,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable because the range and average very by competition.


Program Accomplishments

About 25 new and continuation awards are expected to be made from 2008 funds.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature



Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Division of Research to Practice, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2600. Contact: Larry Wexler. E-mail: Telephone: (202) 245-7571.

Web Site Address



Related Programs

84.027, Special Education-Grants To States
84.173, Special Education-Preschool Grants
84.181, Special Education-Grants For Infants And Families
84.323, Special Education - State Personnel Development
84.324, Research In Special Education
84.326, Special Education-Technical Assistance And Dissemination To Improve Services And Results For Children With Disabilities
84.327, Special Education-Technology And Media Services For Individuals With Disabilities
84.328, Special Education-Parent Information Centers
84.329, Special Education-Studies And Evaluations


Examples of Funded Projects

Projects to help States develop modified achievement standards for children with disabilities and projects to help States develop alternate assessments for children with disabilities.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210.


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