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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-2151



Innovation and Expansion Grant to Provide Outreach Support for and Coordination of OVR/BBVS-Supported NEWSLINE Services

[32 Pa.B. 5929]

   The Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1992, announces that competing applications to establish, expand or improve community rehabilitation programs serving persons with significant or most significant disabilities will be accepted.

   Funding for this competition is under the auspice of the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the OVR, which will serve as administrator and fiscal agent for the grant awarded under this competition.

   Applications will be written to accomplish the following:

   *  To recruit newspapers throughout this Commonwealth to participate in OVR/BBVS NEWSLINE services.

   *  To provide coordination, technical assistance and support to newspapers participating in the NEWSLINE service.

   *  To recruit persons who are blind, visually impaired or who are otherwise disabled in their use of print media as users of the NEWSLINE service.

   *  To provide user-friendly customer support to users of the NEWSLINE service.

Service Information

   This competition will result in one award and funding for a 4-year period, beginning March 15, 2003.

   For purposes of this competition, an eligible applicant is an individual or organization with demonstrated experience working collaboratively with, or in, information media, such as print media, broadcast media, mixed media and the like. Substantive experience concentrated in areas of circulation development and management will be favorably considered.

   The successful applicant will also have demonstrated experience working collaboratively with persons who are blind, visually impaired or who are otherwise disabled in their ability to use print media. The successful applicant will be familiar with NEWSLINE and its related components and services.

   Written endorsement of an applicant's credentials, experience and expertise in the areas noted is required.

   Activities associated with the NEWSLINE service, as requested in this Request for Proposals include, but are not limited to, successful marketing of NEWSLINE services and features; public awareness and education of NEWSLINE; development of a user-friendly system for customer registration, customer service, customer input and customer satisfaction; program evaluation, troubleshooting and modification.

Application Information

   Applications received by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2003, which are complete and conform to established specifications, will be accepted for review. Applications submitted after this date and time will be ineligible for consideration.

   Applications will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers convened for that purpose.

   The effective dates for the contract will be March 15, 2003, through March 14, 2004. Final awards made through this competition are subject to the approval of the Executive Director of the OVR.

   A complete application package, which includes more detailed information, is available by contacting Jacqueline Lucas, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Contracts and Grants Management Section, 1521 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2913, (717) 787-7016, fax (717) 705-9345, TDD (717) 783-8917.

Preproposal Conference

   A preproposal conference to deal specifically with technical questions regarding applications will be held for applicants on December 9, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Central Office, 1521 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg, PA. Copies of the application package will also be available at this conference. Persons planning to attend the conference who have special needs that should be considered in order to participate fully in the conference, should contact Jacqueline B. Lucas at (717) 787-7016 no later than 1 week in advance of the conference date.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-2151. Filed for public inspection November 27, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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