The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Must be used for education purposes including but not limited to higher education, elementary and secondary education, libraries, central administrative facilities, educational television and radio, rehabilitation and training, vocational education and research, correctional education centers.
Those groups, organizations, entities, or institutions providing educational programs including: States; their political subdivisions and instrumentalities; and tax supported organizations or private nonprofit institutions held exempt from taxation under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 may apply.
Program participants receiving educational opportunities will benefit.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
Aplication and Award Process
All potentially eligible entities are notified of the availability of property including State and local officials or any known educational entity authorized to operate within the general geographical area.
Upon receipt of a notice of intent to file an application, a preapplication conference is possible.
An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
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 the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Application guides and deadlines for filing applications are provided on a case by case basis. All applicants must demonstrate the legal, financial, and technical ability to conduct the educational programs proposed.
Written notification with follow-up issuance of formal transfer of title.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, Section 203(k), as amended,; Department of Education Organization Act of 1979.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Thirty to 90 days for tentative decisions, after receipt of the application, and 90 to 360 days to the formal transfer of a title.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 30 years. The fair market value (FMV) of the property is amortized over a period of time established based on the type of property acquired. Public benefit discount of the FMV is granted when public educational programs are being conducted. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: electronic transfer.
Post Assistance Requirements
An annual written report of activities by the recipient.
Cash reports are not applicable.
Progress reports are not applicable.
Expenditure reports are not applicable.
Performance monitoring is not applicable.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. On-site audits are conducted during the period of restriction to assure operation as specified in the application and deed of transfer.
Record requirements will be included in award documents.
(Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods) FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regulations: 34 CFR 12; Pamphlet: How to Acquire Surplus Federal Real Property for Educational Purposes; Guidelines: Application outline and preparation assistance can be obtained at the zone office level.
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of regional offices.
Federal Real Property Assistance Program, Office of the Administrator for Management Services, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Phone: (202) 260-4558
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
All applications must establish eligibility of the institution and its program needs. A public benefit allowance formula, uniformly applied, determines the respective benefits of each program. Basic allowance of 50 percent is allowed to institutions meeting the following: (1) Proof of current need; (2) ability to operate and maintain; (3) suitability of facilities or adaptability for conversion; (4) requirement for utilization through period of restrictions; and (5) nondiscrimination because of race, color, sex, handicap, or national origin. Additional allowances are made for tax support, accreditation, hardship, not met needs, integrated research, public services, and training programs. For competing programs, the one showing the greatest public benefit is selected. Where property can be divided, as many compatible programs as possible are accommodated.
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