Help America Vote Act

    [Federal Register: May 29, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 103)]  [Notices]                 [Page 32059-32061]  From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]  [DOCID:fr29my03-99]                             -----------------------------------------------------------------------    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES    Administration for Children and Families       State Grants for Election Assistance for Individuals With   Disabilities (EAID)    AGENCY: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD),   Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and   Human Services.    ACTION: Correction notice for: Notification of the Availability of   Fiscal Year 2003 Funds under the Help America Vote Act, Public Law   (Pub. L.) 107-252, title II subtitle D, part 2, section 261, Payments   to States and Units of Local Governments to Assure Access for   Individuals with Disabilities (42 U.S.C. 15421).    -----------------------------------------------------------------------    SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to correct errors that were   printed in notice 68 FR 27816 on May 21, 2003. This notice (1) sets   forth the requirements that must be met by a State seeking a payment   under 42 U.S.C. 15421 of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA); and   (2) secures assurances from such a State related to conditions prior to   receiving a payment.    EFFECTIVE DATE: May 29, 2003.    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Diann Winford at (202) 690-  5963, dwinford@acf.hhs.gov or Carla Brown at (202) 690-8332,   crbrown@acf.hhs.gov.  SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is a correction of notice 68 FR   27816 that was printed on May 21, 2003. This notice amends errors in 68   FR 27816 concerning eligibility and closing dates. This notice should   be used for funding opportunities available for fiscal year 2003 for   State grants for election assistance for individuals with disabilities.    Part I: Introduction        The Help America Vote Act (HAVA), signed into law by President   George W. Bush on October 29, 2002, contains several provisions that   will enable an applicant to establish, expand, and improve access to   and participation by individuals with the full range of disabilities   (e.g., blindness or visual impairment, deafness or hearing impairment,   mobility-related, dexterity-related, emotional or intellectual) in the   election process. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number for   this announcement is: 93.617.    Background        On February 20, 2003, in Division (N)--``Emergency Relief and   Offsets,'' title I Election Reform, Disabled Voters Services, the   Miscellaneous Appropriations Act, 2003, Pub. L. 108-7, Congress   appropriated $13 million for States to operate the Election Assistance   for Individuals with Disabilities (EAID) grant program. HAVA assigned   responsibility for the EAID to the Secretary of Health and Human   Services (the Secretary), who has assigned responsibility for carrying   out this program to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).   Within ACF, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) is   responsible for the administration of the EAID grant program.    Eligible Applicants        As defined by section 901 of HAVA, States (including the District   of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and   the Virgin Islands) are eligible to apply for grants under the EAID   program. Grants are not available to local units of government directly   from the Federal government in FY 2003 because Division (N)--  ``Emergency Relief and Offsets,'' title I Election Reform, Disabled   Voters Services, the Miscellaneous Appropriations Act, 2003, Pub. L.   108-7, only appropriated funds for grants to States for FY 2003. Thus,   while units of local government as well as States are eligible for   funding under section 261 of the Help America Vote Act, the annual   appropriations statute did not make funds available for grants to local   governments.    Availability and Distribution of Funds        Congress appropriated $13,000,000 for payments to States for   Federal fiscal year 2003. Payment amounts to States and Territories   will be based on the relative size of the voting age population (i.e.,   number of individuals 18 years of age or older as reported in the 2000   U.S. Census) of those States and Territories requesting payment, with   the exception that no State or Territory applying for funds shall   receive a payment of less than $100,000. See Table I for the amount   reserved for each State and Territory, assuming all 55 States and   Territories submit applications. If fewer than 55 States and   Territories submit applications, those States and Territories applying   for payment will receive a proportionately higher amount than that   listed on Table I.      Any payment distributed shall remain available until expended.      In order to receive a payment a State must meet all of the   requirements in part II of this notice. State governments receiving   funds under this announcement will need to collaborate with local chief   election officials and local units of government (including Indian   tribes which are involved in    [[Page 32060]]    conducting elections for Federal offices) in determining where and how   to spend funds.      The Federal government reserves the right to audit expenditure of   funds received under this announcement pursuant to section 902 of the   Help American Vote Act, 42 U.S.C. 15542 and 45 CFR 92.26, where   applicable.    Use of Allotments        Section 261 of HAVA provides that funds be made available to:      a. Make polling places, including the path of travel, entrances,   exits, and voting areas of each polling facility, accessible to   individuals with the full range of disabilities (e.g., blindness or   visual impairment, deafness or hearing impairment, mobility-related,   dexterity-related, emotional, or intellectual).      b. Provide the same opportunity for access and participation   (including privacy and independence) to individuals with the full range   of disabilities.      c. Train election officials, poll workers, and election volunteers   on how best to promote the access and participation of individuals with   the full range of disabilities in elections for Federal office.      d. Provide individuals with the full range of disabilities with   information about the accessibility of polling places.    Part II: Application Requirements        All of the following conditions must be met by an applicant seeking   a payment under 42 U.S.C. 15421 of the Help America Vote Act of 2002.   An applicant must agree to these conditions in writing prior to   receiving a payment by submitting an application. The conditions are to   ensure that a payment will be used in compliance with HAVA. Payments   must be used to pay for the activities described under part I, Use of   Allotments.    Conditions        1. Some portion of the grant must be used for each of the following   activities.      a. Make polling places, including the path of travel, entrances,   exits, and voting areas of each polling facility, accessible to   individuals with the full range of disabilities.      b. Provide the same opportunity for access and participation   (including privacy and independence) to individuals with the full range   of disabilities as for other voters.      c. Train election officials, poll workers, and election volunteers   on how best to promote the access and participation of individuals with   the full range of disabilities in elections for Federal office.      d. Provide individuals with the full range of disabilities with   information about the accessibility of polling places.      2. In an application an applicant must provide:      a. The name of the State submitting the application.      b. The name of the Chief Election Official of the State submitting   the application.      c. Contact person: Name, title, address, phone, fax, and e-mail   address.      d. A description of what the applicant intends to do in each of the   four categories of activities outlined under 1 above.      e. How much of the payment that the applicant intends to spend on   each of the four categories of activities outlined in 1 above.      f. An assurance that six months after the ending of the fiscal year   in which a payment is received, the Chief Election Official or his/her   designee will submit a report to the Administration on Developmental   Disabilities for the Secretary of Health and Human Services describing   how the payment received was used with regard to the four categories of   activities.      3. The application must include a completed SF 424, available at   this Web address: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/add/announce.htm.      4. The application must include the following certifications:      a. Anti-Lobbying Certification and Disclosure Form (45 CFR part   93).      b. Other Certifications: The signature on the application by the   authorized official attests to the intent to comply with the following   other certifications:      A. Certification Regarding Drug-Free Work Place (45 CFR part 76)      B. Debarment Certification (45 CFR part 76); and      C. Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke.      5. The application must be signed by the Chief Election Official.      6. An application must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. e.d.t.,   on July 7, 2003, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,   ACF/Office of Grants Management, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Mail Stop   326F, Washington, DC 20447-0002, Attention: Joseph Lonergan. Hand-  delivered applications should be delivered to Joseph Lonergan,   Director, Division of Mandatory Grants, Office of Grants Management,   901 D Street, SW., 4th Floor East, Washington, DC (Telephone number:   (202) 401-6603)). Any applications received after 4:30 p.m. on the   deadline date will not be considered for payment.    Part III: Additional Information    Closing Date for Receipt of Assurances        The closing date for receipt of all applications is July 7, 2003.    Grant Administration Regulations        The regulations that govern the administration of these grants are:   45 CFR part 16--Procedures of the Departmental Grant Appeals Board; 45   CFR part 30--Claims Collection; 45 CFR part 76--Governmentwide   Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and Governmentwide   Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants); 45 CFR part 80--  Nondiscrimination Under Programs Receiving Federal Assistance Through   the Department of Health and Human Services Effectuation of Title VI of   the Civil Rights Act of 1964; 45 CFR part 81--Practice and Procedure   for Hearings Under Part 80 of This Title; 45 CFR part 84--  Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs and Activities   Receiving Federal Financial Assistance; 45 CFR part 91--  Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Age in HHS Programs or Activities   Receiving Federal Financial Assistance; 45 CFR part 92--Uniform      Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements   to State and Local Governments; and 45 CFR part 93--New Restrictions on   Lobbying.    Reporting Requirements        Each grantee is required to submit annually a narrative report that   describes how the funds are used in regard to the four categories of   activities authorized under 42 U.S.C. 15461 of the Help America Vote   Act of 2002. These reports are due no later than March 31 of each year.   Reports must be mailed to: Administration on Developmental   Disabilities, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 300-F, Washington, DC   20201, Attention: Debbie Powell.      Expenditures under the EAID program are to be reported using a   Financial Status Report (SF-269A). Grantees are required to submit   annual financial reports (SF-269A) at the end of each 12 month grant   period (September 1-August 31) until all funds have been expended.   Funds under EAID are available until expended. Reports are due 90 days   after the end of the grant period (November 30).      Submit the original SF-269A to ACF at the address below:   Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration,   Division of Mandatory Grants, Attn: Joseph Lonergan, 370 L'Enfant   Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447.    [[Page 32061]]    Notification Under Executive Order 12372        This program is covered under E.O. 12372, ``Intergovernmental   Review of Federal Programs'' and 45 CFR part 100, ``Intergovernmental   Review of Department of Health and Human Services Programs and   Activities.'' However, since units of local governments are not funded   in Fiscal Year 2003, the review and comment provisions of the Executive   Order and part 100 do not apply for fiscal year 2003.    Paperwork Reduction Act        In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 (Pub. L. 96-  511), the application requirements contained in this notice have been   approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number   0348-0043.       Table I.--FY 2003 Tentative Allocations for Election Assistance for                        Individuals With Disabilities  ------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                                FY 2003                            State                              tentative                                                              allotments  ------------------------------------------------------------------------  Alabama.................................................         185,341  Alaska..................................................         100,000  American Samoa..........................................         100,000  Arizona.................................................         209,686  Arkansas................................................         109,029  California..............................................       1,371,756  Colorado................................................         178,308  Connecticut.............................................         142,841  Delaware................................................         100,000  District of Columbia....................................         100,000  Florida.................................................         687,278  Georgia.................................................         335,237  Guam....................................................         100,000  Hawaii..................................................         100,000  Idaho...................................................         100,000  Illinois................................................         511,102  Indiana.................................................         251,048  Iowa....................................................         122,161  Kansas..................................................         110,057  Kentucky................................................         169,755  Louisiana...............................................         181,021  Maine...................................................         100,000  Maryland................................................         219,527  Massachusetts...........................................         270,154  Michigan................................................         409,083  Minnesota...............................................         202,382  Mississippi.............................................         115,296  Missouri................................................         232,185  Montana.................................................         100,000  Nebraska................................................         100,000  Nevada..................................................         100,000  New Hampshire...........................................         100,000  New Jersey..............................................         352,485  New Mexico..............................................         100,000  New York................................................         795,936  North Carolina..........................................         339,029  North Dakota............................................         100,000  Oregon..................................................         143,454  Ohio....................................................         471,600  Oklahoma................................................         142,530  Pennsylvania............................................         521,409  Puerto Rico.............................................         151,345  Rhode Island............................................         100,000  South Carolina..........................................         167,271  South Dakota............................................         100,000  Tennessee...............................................         240,958  Texas...................................................         833,749  Utah....................................................         100,000  Vermont.................................................         100,000  Virgin Islands..........................................         100,000  Virginia................................................         297,522  Washington..............................................         244,039  West Virginia...........................................         100,000  Wisconsin...............................................         185,426  Wyoming.................................................         100,000                                                           ---------------    Total.................................................      13,000,000  ------------------------------------------------------------------------          Dated: May 14, 2003.  Patricia A Morrissey,  Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities  [FR Doc. 03-13394 Filed 5-28-03; 8:45 am]  BILLING CODE 4184-01-P    
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