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II. Description III. Discussion 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to


Section 17A(b)(3)(D) of the Act recruit and select host families and
The purpose of the rule change is to schools for high school students
implement a surcharge to the monthly requires that the rules of a clearing
agency provide for the equitable between the ages of 15 and 17 from
service fee charged to non-clearing countries of the former Soviet Union,
member subscribers of OCC’s Data allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and
other charges.6 The Commission finds thereafter referred to as Eurasia. This
Distribution Service (‘‘DDS’’) that have solicitation and the activities to which
not converted to the new DDS format by that OCC’s proposed rule change is
consistent with this requirement it refers, applies only to FLEX students
the revised mandated conversion date of from the following Eurasian countries:
September 29, 2006. because by establishing a surcharge for
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia,
continued use of its old legacy data
Both clearing members and non- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova,
distribution system, OCC will be able to
clearing members may subscribe to Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
more equitably allocate its cost of
DDS. A clearing member may subscribe Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
providing continued service to those In addition to identifying schools and
to DDS in order to receive in a machine DDS subscribers that have failed to
readable format data processed by OCC screening, selecting, and orienting
convert to OCC’s ENCORE DDS format. families, organizations will be
that is proprietary to such clearing
member (e.g., position and post-trade IV. Conclusion responsible for: (1) Providing English
entries) as well as non-proprietary data language enhancement activities for a
On the basis of the foregoing, the
small percentage of students who are
(i.e., data not specific to the clearing Commission finds that the proposed
specially identified; (2) orienting all
member) produced by OCC (e.g., rule change is consistent with the
students at the local level; (3) providing
information relating to series and requirements of the Act and in
support services for students; (4)
prices). Non-clearing members may particular Section 17A of the Act and
arranging enhancement activities and
subscribe to DDS in order to receive the rules and regulations thereunder.
skill-building opportunities; (5)
certain non-proprietary data. It is therefore ordered, pursuant to
assessing student performance and
In December, 2004, OCC informed all Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,7 that the
progress; (6) providing mid-year
DDS subscribers that OCC was requiring proposed rule change (File No. SR– programming and re-entry training; and
them to convert to the new ENCORE OCC–2006–07) be and hereby is (7) evaluating project success.
DDS format by February 28, 2006. approved. Preference will be given to those
For the Commission by the Division of
Although OCC diligently worked with Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated organizations that offer participants
subscribers to facilitate their authority.8 opportunities to develop leadership
implementation of the new DDS format, skills and raise their awareness of
it became apparent that some Jill M. Peterson, tolerance and social justice through
subscribers needed additional time in Assistant Secretary. community activities and networks. The
order to complete their systems work. [FR Doc. 06–7839 Filed 9–20–06; 8:45 am] award of grants and the number of
Accordingly, in December, 2005, OCC BILLING CODE 8010–01–P students who will participate is subject
announced an extension of the to the availability of funding in fiscal
mandated conversion date to September year 2007.
29, 2006. DEPARTMENT OF STATE I. Funding Opportunity Description
After the mandated conversion date, [Public Notice 5551] Authority: Overall grant making
OCC will continue to support the old authority for this program is contained
legacy data service distribution system. Bureau of Educational and Cultural in the Mutual Educational and Cultural
However, for subscribers that do not Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Exchange Act of 1961, as amended,
meet the revised conversion date of Proposals: The Future Leaders Public Law 87–256, also known as the
September 29, 2006, OCC will charge a Exchange Program: Host Family and Fulbright-Hays Act. The purpose of the
monthly surcharge of $1,000 per month School Placement Act is ‘‘to enable the Government of the
in order to reasonably allocate the costs United States to increase mutual
Announcement Type: New Grant.
of continuing to support the old legacy understanding between the people of
Funding Opportunity Number: ECA/
data distribution system.4 The surcharge the United States and the people of
PE/C/PY–07–06.
will be imposed starting with the other countries * * *; to strengthen the
Catalog of Federal Domestic
October 2006 billing cycle and will ties which unite us with other nations
Assistance Number: 00.000.
continue until the subscriber converts to Key Dates: Application Deadline: by demonstrating the educational and
the new DDS format and ceases to December 4, 2006. cultural interests, developments, and
receive any legacy data service achievements of the people of the
distribution transmissions. OCC will Executive Summary United States and other nations * * *
terminate all legacy data service SUMMARY: The Youth Programs Division and thus to assist in the development of
transmissions after March 30, 2007.5 of the Bureau of Educational and friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful
Cultural Affairs announces an open relations between the United States and
4 Pursuant to a separate rule change, OCC will
competition for the placement the other countries of the world.’’ The
impose the $1,000 per month surcharge on clearing funding authority for the program above
member subscribers to DDS that likewise fail to
component of the Future Leaders
convert to the new format. Implementation of the Exchange (FLEX) program. Public and is provided through legislation.
surcharge on clearing members is pending approval private non-profit organizations meeting Overview: The Future Leaders
of this rule filing by the Commission. Securities the provisions described in Internal Exchange Program seeks to provide
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Exchange Act Release No. 54059 (June 28, 2006), 71


Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 1,200 high school students with an
FR 38962 (July 10, 2006) [File No. SR–CC–2006– opportunity to live in the United States
06].
5 The March 30, 2007, termination date was the 6 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(D). for the purpose of promoting democratic
subject of the amendment to the proposed rule 7 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). values and institutions throughout
change filed on July 21, 2006. 8 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Eurasia. Participants will reside with

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American host families and attend high • To expose program participants to (4) placement of a small number of
school during the 2007–08 academic American culture and democracy that students with disabilities;
year. In special situations, students may will enable them to attain a broad view (5) pre-program specialized English
come to the U.S. for a short-term, rather of U.S. society and culture; language tutoring for pre-selected
than yearlong, program. Further details • To provide appropriate venues for students who require focused
about such modifications are provided program participants to share their preparation for their academic year;
in the attached Project Objectives, Goals culture, lifestyle and traditions with (6) specialized training of local staff
and Implementation (POGI) document. U.S. citizens; and volunteers to work with FLEX
During the year, FLEX participants • To provide participants with students from Eurasia;
will be engaged in a variety of activities, leadership training and opportunities (7) preparation and dissemination of
such as community and school-based that foster skills they can take back with materials to students pertaining to the
programs, skill-building workshops, and them and use in their home countries; respective placement organization;
cultural events. Academic year 2007/ and (8) dispersal of program-specific
2008 will be the fifteenth year of the • To provide activities that will information, such as alumni activity
FLEX program, with more than 15,000 increase and enhance students’ reports and Host Family and School
students who have been awarded understanding of the importance of Administrator handbooks, to respective
scholarships. tolerance and respect for the views and persons involved with the program (e.g.,
Goals: The goals of the program are (1) beliefs of others in a civil society. host families, school administrators,
to promote mutual understanding and Other Components: One organization local coordinators);
foster a relationship between the people has been awarded a grant to perform the (9) program-related enhancement and
of Eurasia and the U.S.; (2) to assist the following functions: Recruitment and leadership training activities;
successor generation of Eurasian selection of Eurasian students; (10) troubleshooting;
countries in developing the qualities it assistance in documentation and (11) communication with the
will need to lead in their aspirations for preparation of DS–2019 visa forms; organizations conducting other program
transformation in the 21st century; and preparation of cross-cultural materials; components, when appropriate;
(3) to promote democratic values and pre-departure orientation; international (12) evaluation of the students’
civic responsibility. travel from home to host community performance;
Considering the specific focus of the and return; facilitation of ongoing (13) quarterly evaluation of the
FLEX program, the following outcomes communication between the natural organization’s success in achieving
will indicate a successful project: parents and placement organization, as program goals;
1. Participants will acquire an needed; maintenance of a student (14) mid-year orientations to assess
understanding of important elements of database and provision of data to the progress; and
a civil society. This includes concepts U.S. Department of State; and ongoing (15) Eurasia-specific re-entry training
such as volunteerism, the idea that follow-up with alumni after their return to prepare students for readjustment to
American citizens can and do act at the to Eurasia. their home environments.
grassroots level to deal with societal Another organization is responsible Applicants must request a grant for
problems, and an awareness of and for supporting students with the placement of at least 30 students.
respect for the rule of law. disabilities. This involves a post-arrival There is no ceiling on the number of
2. Participants will acquire an orientation and reentry training as well students who may be placed by one
understanding of a free market economy as ongoing support throughout the year organization. Placements may be in any
and private enterprise, including an in order to help them cope with region of the U.S. Strong preference will
awareness of privatization and an challenges specific to their be given to organizations that choose to
appreciation of the role of the circumstances. Placement organizations place participants in clusters of at least
entrepreneur in economic growth. will be in direct communication with three students. Please refer to the
3. Participants will develop an this organization, especially since some Solicitation Package, available on
appreciation for American culture, an students with disabilities may need request from the address listed below,
understanding of the diversity of supplementary independence skills for details on essential program
American society and increased training early on in the program. elements, permissible costs, and criteria
tolerance and respect for others with Guidelines: Applicants are requested used to select and place students.
differing views and beliefs. to submit a narrative outlining a We anticipate grants beginning no
4. Participants will interact with comprehensive strategy for the later than April 2007, subject to the
Americans and generate enduring ties. administration and implementation of availability of funds.
5. Participants will teach Americans the placement component of the FLEX Most participants arrive in their host
about the cultures of their home program including the identification of communities during the month of
countries. host families and schools; organization August and remain for 10 or 11 months
6. Participants will gain leadership of post-arrival orientation programming; until their departure during the period
capacity that will enable them, as FLEX placement of students, as needed, in mid-May to late June 2008. Students
alumni, to initiate activities in their pre-academic intensive English with disabilities and students requiring
home countries that focus on program; enrichment programming; supplementary English language
development and community service. monitoring and supporting participants; instruction may arrive at the end of July.
Objectives: The immediate objectives and evaluation. Specific responsibilities Administration of the program must
of the FLEX program are: are as follows: be in compliance with reporting and
• To place approximately 1,200 pre- (1) Recruitment, screening, selection, withholding regulations for Federal,
selected high school students from and Eurasia/FLEX-specific orientation State, and local taxes as applicable.
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Eurasian countries in qualified, well- of host families; Recipient organizations should


motivated host families; (2) enrollment in an accredited demonstrate tax regulation adherence in
• To place students in schools that school; the proposal narrative and budget.
have been accredited by the respective (3) post-arrival orientation for Applicants should submit the health
State departments of education; participants; and accident insurance plans they

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intend to use for students on this III. 3. Other Eligibility Requirements: IV.3. Content and Form of
program. If use of a private plan is Bureau grant guidelines require that Submission: Applicants must follow all
proposed, the State Department will organizations with less than four years instructions in the Solicitation Package.
compare that plan with the Bureau plan experience in conducting international The original and 8 copies of the
and make a determination of which will exchanges be limited to $60,000 in application should be sent per the
be applicable. Bureau funding. ECA will award grants instructions under IV.3e. ‘‘Application
in amounts exceeding $60,000,which Deadline and Methods of Submissions’’
II. Award Information section below.
will cover costs to support and monitor
Type of Award: New Grant a minimum of 30 students. IV.3a. You are required to have a Dun
Agreement. Consequently, organizations with less and Bradstreet Data Universal
Fiscal Year Funds: FY 2007. than four years experience in Numbering System (DUNS) number to
Approximate Total Funding: conducting international exchanges are apply for a grant or cooperative
$6,625,000. ineligible to apply under this agreement from the U.S. Government.
Approximate Number of Awards: 10– competition. The Bureau encourages This number is a nine-digit
15 grants. applicants to provide maximum levels identification number, which uniquely
Average Grant Award: Dependent on of cost sharing and funding in support identifies business entities. Obtaining a
the number of proposed students, total of its programs. DUNS number is easy and there is no
amount not to exceed $5,500 per charge. To obtain a DUNS number,
student; a minimum award is IV. Application and Submission access http://
approximately $165,000. Information www.dunandbradstreet.com or call 1–
Anticipated Award Date: April 2007, 866–705–5711. Please ensure that your
pending availability of funds. Note: Please read the complete
DUNS number is included in the
Anticipated Project Completion Date: announcement before sending inquiries or
submitting proposals. Once the RFGP appropriate box of the SF–424 which is
August 2008. part of the formal application package.
deadline has passed, Bureau staff may not
Additional Information: Pending IV.3b. All proposals must contain an
discuss this competition with applicants
successful implementation of this until the proposal review process has been executive summary, proposal narrative
program and the availability of funds in completed. and budget. Please Refer to the
subsequent fiscal years, it is ECA’s Solicitation Package. It contains the
intent to renew grants awarded under IV.1. Contact Information to Request
mandatory Proposal Submission
this competition for at least two an Application Package: Please contact Instructions (PSI) document and the
additional fiscal years, before openly The Office of Youth Programs, ECA/PE/ Project Objectives, Goals and
competing it again. C/PY, Room 568, U.S. Department of Implementation (POGI) for additional
State, SA–44, 301 4th Street, SW., formatting and technical requirements.
III. Eligibility Information Washington, DC 20547, telephone (202) IV.3c. You must have nonprofit status
III.1. Eligible applicants: Applications 203–7527, and fax (202) 203–7529, e- with the IRS at the time of application.
may be submitted by public and private mail Judy Nowlin at NowlinJR@state.gov If your organization is a private
non-profit organizations meeting the to request a Solicitation Package. Please nonprofit which has not received a grant
provisions described in Internal refer to the Funding Opportunity or cooperative agreement from ECA in
Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. Number ECA/PE/C/PY–07–06 located at the past three years, or if your
501(c)(3). the top of this announcement when organization received nonprofit status
III.2. Cost Sharing or Matching Funds: making your request. from the IRS within the past four years,
There is no minimum or maximum Alternatively, an electronic you must submit the necessary
percentage required for this application package may be obtained documentation to verify nonprofit status
competition. However, the Bureau from http://www.grants.gov. Please see as directed in the PSI document. Failure
encourages applicants to provide section IV.3f for further information. to do so will cause your proposal to be
maximum levels of cost sharing and The Solicitation Package contains the declared technically ineligible.
funding in support of its programs. Proposal Submission Instruction (PSI) IV.3d. Please take into consideration
When cost sharing is offered, it is document, which consists of required the following information when
understood and agreed that the application forms and standard preparing your proposal narrative:
applicant must provide the amount of guidelines for proposal preparation. IV.3d.1 Adherence to all regulations
cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal It also contains the Project Objectives, governing the J Visa. The Office of
and later included in an approved grant Goals and Implementation (POGI) Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of
agreement. Cost sharing may be in the document, which provides specific Educational and Cultural Affairs is the
form of allowable direct or indirect information, award criteria and budget official program sponsor of the exchange
costs. For accountability, you must instructions tailored to this competition. program covered by this RFGP, and an
maintain written records to support all Please specify Bureau Program Officer employee of the Bureau will be the
costs which are claimed as your Anna Mussman ‘‘Responsible Officer’’ for the program
contribution, as well as costs to be paid (MussmanAP@state.gov) and refer to the under the terms of 22 CFR 62, which
by the Federal government. Such Funding Opportunity Number (ECA/PE/ covers the administration of the
records are subject to audit. The basis C/PY–07–06) at the top of this Exchange Visitor Program (J visa
for determining the value of cash and announcement on all other inquiries program). Under the terms of 22 CFR 62,
in-kind contributions must be in and correspondence. organizations receiving grants under
accordance with OMB Circular A–110, IV.2. To Download a Solicitation this RFGP will be third parties
(Revised), Subpart C.23—Cost Sharing Package Via Internet: The entire ‘‘cooperating with or assisting the
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and Matching. In the event you do not Solicitation Package may be sponsor in the conduct of the sponsor’s
provide the minimum amount of cost downloaded from the Bureau’s Web site program.’’ The actions of grantee
sharing as stipulated in the approved at http://exchanges.state.gov/education/ program organizations shall be
budget, ECA’s contribution will be rfgps/menu.htm. Please read all ‘‘imputed to the sponsor in evaluating
reduced in like proportion. information before downloading. the sponsor’s compliance with’’ 22 CFR

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62. Therefore, the Bureau expects that that ‘‘in carrying out programs of All FLEX program participants will
any organization receiving a grant under educational and cultural exchange in take three online surveys:
this competition will render all countries whose people do not fully 1. Standardized pre-program surveys,
assistance necessary to enable the enjoy freedom and democracy,’’ the at the beginning of the program;
Bureau to fully comply with 22 CFR 62 Bureau ‘‘shall take appropriate steps to 2. Standardized post-program surveys,
et seq. provide opportunities for participation at the end of the program and before
The Bureau of Educational and in such programs to human rights and their return home; and
Cultural Affairs places great emphasis democracy leaders of such countries.’’ 3. Standardized follow-up surveys,
on the secure and proper administration Public Law 106–113 requires that the approximately six months to a year after
of Exchange Visitor (J visa) Programs governments of the countries described the conclusion of the program.
and adherence by grantee program above do not have inappropriate These surveys help ECA assess:
organizations and program participants influence in the selection process. Student satisfaction with the program;
to all regulations governing the J visa Proposals should reflect advancement of student attitudes and views; the extent
program status. Therefore, proposals these goals in their program contents, to of learning and skill development
should explicitly state in writing that the the full extent deemed feasible. (including leadership); reliance on new
applicant is prepared to assist the IV.3d.3. Program monitoring and learning and skills in their studies, at
Bureau in meeting all requirements evaluation. Monitoring: Proposals must work, and in their communities; and
governing the administration of include a plan to monitor and evaluate their efforts to share new ideas,
Exchange Visitor Programs as set forth the project’s success, both as the knowledge, and insights with citizens in
in 22 CFR 62. If your organization has activities unfold and at the end of the their home countries.
experience as a designated Exchange program. The Bureau recommends that Since organizations play a critical role
Visitor Program Sponsor, the applicant your proposal include a draft survey in facilitating E-GOALS evaluations of
should discuss their record of questionnaire or other technique, plus a FLEX participants, it is imperative that
compliance with 22 CFR 62 et. seq., description of a methodology that will applicants include a plan to ensure that
including the oversight of their be used to link outcomes to original FLEX students complete the post-
Responsible Officers and Alternate project objectives. The Bureau expects program surveys while they are still on
Responsible Officers, screening and that the grantee will track participants program and prior to their departure
selection of program participants, and be able to respond to key from the United States; this includes
provision of pre-arrival information and monitoring questions throughout the monitoring the response rate through
orientation to participants, monitoring year, particularly on effects of the
collection of a certificate issued by the
of participants, proper maintenance and program on program participants, their
system to each student upon completion
security of forms, recordkeeping, host families and communities.
Successful monitoring depends of the survey. The grantee will be
reporting and other requirements.
The Office of Citizen Exchanges of heavily on setting clear goals and working directly with an E-GOALS
ECA will be responsible for issuing DS– outcomes at the outset of a program. evaluator in the Office of Policy and
2019 forms to participants in this Your monitoring plan should include a Evaluation. Please see specific
program. A copy of the complete description of your project’s objectives responsibilities in the accompanying
regulations governing the and how and when you intend to Project Objectives, Goals and
administration of Exchange Visitor (J) measure these outcomes. You should Implementation (POGI) document.
programs is available at http:// also show how your project objectives IV.3e. Please take the following
exchanges.state.gov or from: United link to the goals of the program information into consideration when
States Department of State, Office of described in this RFGP. preparing your budget:
Exchange Coordination and Overall, the quality of your 1V.3e.1. Applicants must submit a
Designation, ECA/EC/ECD—SA–44, monitoring plan will be judged on how comprehensive budget for the entire
Room 734, 301 4th Street, SW., well it specifies successes and program. Per capita costs are not to
Washington, DC 20547, telephone: (202) challenges. Grantees will be required to exceed $5,500 per participant. The
203–5029, fax: (202) 453–8640. provide reports analyzing their budget must reflect costs for a minimum
IV.3.d.2 Diversity, Freedom and monitoring findings to the Bureau in of 30 participants. Please indicate
Democracy Guidelines. Pursuant to the their regular program reports. All data clearly the number of students funded.
Bureau’s authorizing legislation, collected, including survey responses There must be a summary budget as
programs must maintain a non-political and contact information, must be well as breakdowns reflecting both
character and should be balanced and maintained for a minimum of three administrative and program budgets.
representative of the diversity of years and provided to the Bureau upon Applicants may provide separate sub-
American political, social, and cultural request. budgets for each program component,
life. ‘‘Diversity’’ should be interpreted Evaluation: The Bureau’s Office of phase, location, or activity to provide
in the broadest sense and encompass Policy and Evaluation will conduct clarification.
differences including, but not limited to evaluations of the FLEX program IV.3e.2. Allowable costs for the
ethnicity, race, gender, religion, through E-GOALS, its online system for program and additional budget guidance
geographic location, socio-economic surveying program participants and are outlined in detail in the POGI
status, and disabilities. Applicants are collecting data about program document.
strongly encouraged to adhere to the performance. These evaluations assist Please refer to the Solicitation
advancement of this principle both in ECA and its program grantees in Package for complete budget guidelines
program administration and in program meeting the requirements of the and formatting instructions.
content. Government Performance Results Act IV.3f. Application deadline and
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Please refer to the review criteria (GPRA) of 1993. This Act requires methods of submission.
under the ‘‘Support for Diversity’’ Federal agencies to measure the results Application deadline date: December
section for specific suggestions on of their programs in meeting pre- 4, 2006.
incorporating diversity into your determined performance goals and Reference number: ECA/PE/C/PY–07–
proposal. Public Law 104–319 provides objectives. 06.

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Methods of submission: applications Grants.gov in the ‘‘Find’’ portion of the development and leadership training.
may be submitted in one of two ways: system. Please follow the instructions They will also assess proposed activities
(1) In hard copy, via a nationally available in the ‘‘Get Started’’ portion of that foster tolerance and social justice.
recognized overnight delivery service the site (http://www.grants.gov/ Proposals should indicate clearly the
(i.e., DHL, Federal Express, UPS, GetStarted). capacity and willingness to provide
Airborne Express, or U.S. Postal Express Applicants have until midnight (12 short-term programming for some
Overnight Mail, etc.), or a.m.) of the closing date to ensure that students if this becomes necessary. A
(2) Electronically through http:// their entire application has been detailed agenda and work plan should
www.grants.gov. Along with the Project uploaded to the grants.gov site. adhere to the program overview and
Title, all applicants must enter the Applications uploaded to the site after guidelines described in the solicitation
above Reference Number in Box 11 on midnight of the application deadline package.
the SF–424 contained in the mandatory date will be technically ineligible. 2. Ability to achieve program
Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) Applicants will receive a objectives: Objectives should be
of the solicitation document. confirmation e-mail from grants.gov reasonable, feasible, and flexible. With
IV.3f.1 Submitting Printed upon the successful submission of an respect to anticipated program
Applications. Applications must be application. ECA will not notify you outcomes, reviewers will assess the
shipped no later than the above upon receipt of electronic applications. degree to which the proposed outcomes
deadline. Delivery services used by IV.3g. Intergovernmental Review of of the project are realistic and
applicants must have in-place, Applications Executive Order 12372 measurable. Strategies should creatively
centralized shipping identification and does not apply to this program. utilize and reinforce activities to ensure
tracking systems that may be accessed an efficient use of program resources.
V. Application Review Information
via the Internet and delivery people 3. Multiplier effect/impact: Proposed
who are identifiable by commonly V.1. Review process: The Bureau will programs should strengthen long-term
recognized uniforms and delivery review all proposals for technical mutual understanding, including
vehicles. Proposals shipped on or before eligibility. Proposals will be deemed maximum sharing of information and
the above deadline but received at ECA ineligible if they do not fully adhere to establishment of long-term institutional
more than seven days after the deadline the guidelines stated herein and in the and individual linkages. Reviewers will
will be ineligible for further Solicitation Package. All eligible assess ways in which proposals include
consideration under this competition. proposals will be reviewed by the innovative ways to involve students in
Proposals shipped after the established program office, as well as the Public their U.S. communities and substantive
deadlines are ineligible for Diplomacy section overseas, where plans to prepare them for their role as
consideration under this competition. appropriate. Eligible proposals will be active, effective FLEX alumni.
ECA will not notify upon receipt of subject to compliance with Federal and 4. Support of diversity: Proposals
application. It is each applicant’s Bureau regulations and guidelines and should demonstrate substantive support
responsibility to ensure that each forwarded to Bureau grant panels for of the Bureau’s policy on diversity.
package is marked with a legible advisory review. Proposals may also be Achievable and relevant features should
tracking number and to monitor/confirm reviewed by the Office of the Legal be cited in both program administration
delivery to ECA via the Internet. Adviser or by other Department (selection of participants, host families,
Delivery of proposal packages may not elements. Final funding decisions are at schools, program venue and program
be made via local courier service or in the discretion of the Department of evaluation) and program content
person for this competition. Faxed State’s Assistant Secretary for (orientations, program meetings,
documents will not be accepted at any Educational and Cultural Affairs. Final resource materials and follow-up
time. Only proposals submitted as technical authority for assistance activities).
stated above will be considered. awards (grants) resides with the 5. Organization’s record/institutional
Important note: When preparing your Bureau’s Grants Officer. capacity: Proposed personnel and
submission please make sure to include Review Criteria: Technically eligible institutional resources should be
one extra copy of the completed SF–424 applications will be competitively adequate and appropriate to achieve the
form and place it in an envelope reviewed according to the criteria stated program or project’s goals. In assessing
addressed to ‘‘ECA/EX/PM’’. below. These criteria are not rank institutional capacity, reviewers will
The original and eight (8) copies of ordered and all carry equal weight in assess the applicant and its partners to
the application should be sent to: U.S. the proposal evaluation: determine if they offer adequate
Department of State, SA–44, Bureau of 1. Program Management and resources, expertise, and experience to
Educational and Cultural Affairs, Ref.: Planning: Your proposal narrative fulfill program objectives. Partner
ECA/PE/C/PY–07–06, Program should exhibit originality, substance, activities should be clearly defined.
Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room 534, and relevance to the Bureau’s mission as Proposals should demonstrate an
301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC well as to the goals of the FLEX institutional record of successful
20547. program. The level of creativity, exchange programs, including
Along with the Project Title, all resources, and effectiveness will be responsible fiscal management and full
applicants must enter the above primary factors for review. Proposals compliance with all reporting and J–1
Reference Number in Box 11 on the SF– should demonstrate an understanding of Visa requirements for past Bureau grants
424 contained in the mandatory Eurasian countries and of the needs of as determined by Bureau Grant Staff.
Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) students from this region, as related to The Bureau will consider the past
of the solicitation document. the program. Proposals should also performance of prior recipients and the
IV.3f.2. Submitting electronic indicate how students will be demonstrated potential of new
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applications. Applicants have the monitored, trained and prepared for applicants.
option of submitting proposals their role as FLEX alumni. Reviewers 6. Project monitoring and evaluation:
electronically through Grants.gov will assess the degree in which Proposals should include a plan to
(http://www.grants.gov). Complete proposals engage participants in monitor the activity’s success, both as
solicitation packages are available at community activities that involve skills the activities unfold and at the end of

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the program. Reviewers will assess your OMB Circular No. A–110 (Revised), inquiries or submitting proposals. Once
plans to monitor student progress and Uniform Administrative the RFGP deadline has passed, Bureau
program activities, particularly in regard Requirements for Grants and staff may not discuss this competition
to intended outcomes indicated in your Agreements with Institutions of with applicants until the proposal
proposal. Successful applicants will be Higher Education, Hospitals, and review process has been completed.
expected to submit quarterly reports, other Nonprofit Organizations.
VIII. Other Information
which should be included as an OMB Circular No. A–102, Uniform
inherent component of the work plan. Administrative Requirements for Notice: The terms and conditions
Proposals should also specify ways in Grants-in-Aid to State and Local published in this RFGP are binding and
which students will be encouraged and Governments. may not be modified by any Bureau
monitored to ensure they complete the OMB Circular No. A–133, Audits of representative. Explanatory information
mandatory end-of-the-year surveys States, Local Government, and Non- provided by the Bureau that contradicts
administered through the E-GOALS profit Organizations. published language will not be binding.
system. Please reference the following Web Issuance of the RFGP does not
7. Cost-effectiveness/cost sharing: sites for additional information: constitute an award commitment on the
Reviewers will analyze the budget for http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants, part of the Government. The Bureau
clarity and cost-effectiveness. They will http://exchanges.state.gov/education/ reserves the right to reduce, revise, or
also assess the rationale of the proposed grantsdiv/terms.htm#articleI. increase proposal budgets in accordance
budget and whether the allocation of VI.3. Reporting requirements: You with the needs of the program and the
funds is appropriate to complete tasks must provide ECA with a hard copy availability of funds. Awards made will
outlined in the project narrative. The original plus one copy of the following be subject to periodic reporting and
overhead and administrative reports: evaluation requirements per section VI.3
components of the proposal, including (1) A final program and financial above.
salaries and honoraria, should be kept report no more than 90 days after the Dated: September 13, 2006.
as low as possible. All other items expiration of the award; Dina Habib Powell,
should be necessary and appropriate. (2) Quarterly program and financial
Assistant Secretary for Educational and
Proposals should maximize cost-sharing reports which should include both Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
through other private sector support as quantitative and qualitative data you
[FR Doc. 06–7937 Filed 9–20–06; 8:45 am]
well as institutional direct funding have available.
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contributions. Preference will be given Grantees will be required to provide
to organizations whose proposals reports analyzing their evaluation
demonstrate a quality, cost-effective findings to the Bureau in their regular
program. program reports. (Please refer to IV. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
VI. Award Administration Information Application and submission
Federal Aviation Administration
instructions (IV.3.d.3) above for Program
VI.1a. Award notice: Final awards Monitoring and Evaluation information. Notice of Submission Deadline for
cannot be made until funds have been All data collected, including survey International Slots for the Summer
appropriated by Congress, allocated and responses and contact information, must 2007 Scheduling Season
committed through internal Bureau be maintained for a minimum of three
procedures. Successful applicants will years and provided to the Bureau upon AGENCY: Department of Transportation,
receive an Assistance Award Document request. FAA.
(AAD) from the Bureau’s Grants Office. All reports must be sent to the ECA ACTION: Notice of submission deadline
The AAD and the original grant Grants Officer and ECA Program Officer
proposal with subsequent modifications listed in the final assistance award SUMMARY: The FAA announces in this
(if applicable) shall be the only binding document. notice that the deadline for submitting
authorizing document between the VI.4. Program data requirements: requests for international Arrival
recipient and the U.S. Government. The Organizations awarded grants will be Authorizations at Chicago O’Hare
AAD will be signed by an authorized required to maintain specific data on International Airport (ORD) for
Grants Officer, and mailed to the program participants and activities in an allocation under 14 CFR 93.29 is
recipient’s responsible officer identified electronically accessible database format October 12, 2006. This date coincides
in the application. that can be shared with the Bureaus with the deadline established by the
Unsuccessful applicants will receive required. International Air Transport Association
notification of the results of the (IATA) for the Schedule Coordination
application review from the ECA VII. Agency Contacts Conference for the Summer 2007
program office coordinating this For questions about this season. The FAA will allocate ORD
competition. announcement, contact: Anna international Arrival Authorizations for
VI.2. Administrative and National Mussman, Office of Citizen Exchanges, the period covering the U.S. Summer
policy requirements: Terms and ECA/PE/C/PY, Room 568, U.S. Scheduling Season in accordance with
Conditions for the Administration of Department of State, SA–44, 301 4th recent changes to the start and end dates
ECA agreements include the following: Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547. of daylight saving time in the United
Office of Management and Budget Telephone: (202) 203–7506, fax number: States. The applicable period is March
Circular A–122, ‘‘Cost Principles for (202) 203–7529, Internet address: 11 through November 3, 2007. The FAA
Nonprofit Organizations.’’ MussmanAP@state.gov. All recognizes that these dates differ from
Office of Management and Budget correspondence with the Bureau the March 25 through October 27, 2007
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Circular, ‘‘Cost Principles for concerning this RFGP should reference period used by IATA for the Summer
Educational Institutions.’’ the above title and number ECA/PE/C/ 2007 schedule. Therefore, for those
OMB Circular A–87, ‘‘Cost Principles PY–07–06. carriers who previously submitted
for State, Local and Indian Please read the complete Federal schedules to the FAA through March 24,
Governments.’’ Register announcement before sending 2007, as part of the Winter 2006

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