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Educator Jobs bill passes in House, goes to president for signature

HR 1586, the Educator jobs bill has passed.  Yesterday the House passed the Senate’s amendments and now the bill will go to President Obama for signature.  This will bring $26 million in aid to states to re-hire and/or retain educators and other government workers, including school librarians.  However, to offset this spending, some money was rescinded from other programs, including the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).  All of Maryland’s representatives voted for the bill, except Bartlett.

For more information, please see the District Dispatch posting.

–Natalie

Educator jobs bill passes in Senate; BTOP funding may be cut

Today the Senate passed the Educator jobs bill to provide $10 billion to retain or hire K-12 educators, including school librarians.  This is the good news!

The downside is that in order to fund this, the Senate agreed to reduce spending in other areas.  Last year’s stimulus funds for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) would be reduced by $302 million.  This could have an impact on any second round applications being considered.

The House still needs to approve these changes and will likely vote when they return to Washington, DC next week.

For more details, please see the District Dispatch posting.

RUS BIP Round 2 Application Directory posted; Help Desk has extended hours

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has posted a Round 2 Application Directory for the Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP).  According to BroadbandUSA.gov:

“This directory provides a listing of the BIP Infrastructure applications received under NOFA 2, as well as a listing of the organizations which filed Public Notice Responses to Round 2 BIP Infrastructure applications.”

Information on extended hours for the Help Desk is also posted on BroadbandUSA.gov:

“To assist RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) applicants during the final application days for the Satellite, Rural Library Broadband, and Technical Assistance Grant Programs, the Broadband USA Help Desk is announcing extended support hours. The Help Desk will be open Saturday June 5, and Sunday June 6, 2010 between the hours of 9am until 7pm EDT and on the deadline day of Tuesday June 8, 2010 from 7am until 9pm EDT. For any assistance with BIP or this website, please contact the Broadband USA Help Desk by phone at 1-877-508-8364 or by email at BroadbandUSA@usda.gov.”

RUS Grant Programs’ deadline extended; Webinar PPTs available

Deadline Extended – According to a memo from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS):

 “SUMMARY: Due to emergency maintenance issues on May 14, 2010, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is extending, by one day, the deadline for submitting Public Notice Requests (PNRs) on pending applications filed under Second Round Notice of Funds Availability (Second Round NOFA) for the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP), published in the Federal Register at 75 FR 3820 (January 22, 2010). Such technical issues also affected the application window for satellite, rural library broadband, and technical assistance projects under BIP’s Request for Proposals (RFP), published in the Federal Register at 75 FR 25185 (May 7, 2010). As a result, PNR’s on pending Second Round NOFA applications must be filed by May 24, 2010, at 11:59
p.m. Central Time (CT); and applications for satellite, rural library broadband, and technical assistance projects must be postmarked by June 8, 2010.”

Webinar Powerpoint presentations – The Powerpoint presentations for the webinars on the grant programs are now available at the following links:

Webinars scheduled for Satellite, Rural Library Broadband, and Technical Assistance Grant Programs

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has scheduled 3 webinars next week to discuss the requirements of each of three programs.  See the links below for fliers with more information.

RUS posts project summaries for Round 1 BIP awards

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has posted a list of project summaries for all 68 of the Round 1 Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) awards.  These recipients were previously announced in press releases.

USDA announces funding recipients of Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the rural communities that will receive funding through the Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program.  Maryland did not receive any funding;  however libraries were recipients in several other states.  For details, including a list of recipients, see the USDA press release.


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