FOCUS on Student Achievement

The FOCUS program targets schools where student achievement is close to meeting annual measurable objectives as set by their state?s achievement test and where additional resources could facilitate achievement of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by Public Law 107-110, the No Child Left Behind
Act of 2001.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Information Available.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Information Available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Information Available.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See BIE Education Line Officers' addresses in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Website Address

http://www.bie.edu




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Information Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Information Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Information Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

FOCUS funds may be used for staff development and to implement proven instructional strategies designed to achieve annual growth for all students and ?catch-up? growth for students performing below grade level expectations in reading and math.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and tribal organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments on reservations with Bureau-funded schools may apply to administer the program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Children between the ages of 5 and 21 who are members of or are at least a one-fourth degree Indian blood descendant of a member of an Indian tribe which is eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Affairs to Indians because of their status as Indians.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Tribe should contact the Education Line Officer.

Award Procedures

The BIE conducts a thorough review of all BIE schools? AYP status and data. The BIE then funds schools that are at the cusp of nearly meeting AYP status. Applications should be submitted no later than June 1 of the year in which the applicant wishes to begin the program.

Deadlines

Jun 01, 2013 June 01, 2013 applications should be submitted no later than June 1 of the year in which the applicant wishes to begin the program.

Authorization

Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.; Indian Education Amendments of 1978, Public Law 95-561, 25 U.S.C. 2001 et seq.; Tribally Controlled Schools Act, 25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.; The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Public Law 107-110, 20 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications by Tribal governments to administer the program will be processed within 90 days; and or after AYP determination is made by BIE.

Appeals

Tribal Governments wishing to appeal should write to the Director, Bureau of Indian Education. Appeals beyond this level are covered by 25 CFR Part 2.

Renewals

Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor/grantee. Funds are added to the recipient school?s Public Law 100-297 Grant or Public Law 93-638 Contract on July 1. Awards to Tribal Governments to administer the program may be renewed every year based upon satisfactory performance. A notice of intent to participate should be submitted yearly.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made on an annual basis based on satisfactory performance, and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor or grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports, annual participation data, and other program data requested are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Federal Financial Report, SF 425 is required.

Performance monitoring is applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-2100-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 Not Separately Identifiable

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $100,000 to $225,000; Average $153,333.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Use of funds must meet the purpose and intent of funding.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See BIE Education Line Officers' addresses in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Joel Longie Bureau of Indian Education, Division of Performance and Accountability, BIA Building 2, 1011 Indian School Road, N.W., 3rd Floor, Suite 332, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104 Email: joel.longie@bie.edu Phone: (505) 563-5250

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are selected based on school performance as measured by their state?s achievement test and the review of the team appointed by the Coordinator.



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