[rtpnet-tact] [Fwd: [CTC] Summary of FY 2005 Spending Package (Part II)]

Judy Hallman hallman at email.unc.edu
Tue Nov 30 08:46:24 EST 2004

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Subject: [CTC] Summary of FY 2005 Spending Package (Part II)
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 08:36:04 -0500
From: Ryan Turner <rturner at ctcnet.org>
To: ctcmembers at ctcnet.org

The following is a very brief summary of final federal spending
levels for FY 2005, for selected items of potential interest for
CTCNet members. These figures are based upon the House-Senate
conference report passed by both chambers as of Saturday

[NOTE: Dollar figures are rounded up to the nearest thousand.
Where noted, "House" and "Senate" requests reflect
recommendations for spending levels not necessarily approved by
both chambers before negotiations; "conference agreement"
reflects the amount reached by conference negotiators from both

Department of Agriculture

Distance Learning, Telemedicine, and Broadband Program: $56.4
million (House request: $44.6 million; Senate request: $60 million)

Conference agreement provides $35 million for distance learning
and telemedicine grants ($10 million for public broadcasting
system grants, $710,000 for distance learning and telemedicine
loan subsidy); $11.7 million in loan subsidies and $9 million in
grants for broadband activity. Also provides estimated loan
program levels of up to $50 million for distance learning and
telemedicine, and $550 million for broadband telecommunications.

Rural Telephone Bank: $175 million
(in line with House and Senate requests)

Loan financing program assisting rural telecommunications
companies to improve and expand telecommunications service in
rural areas.

Department of Commerce

Advanced Technology Program: $142.3 million
(House request: $0; Senate request: $203 million)

Provides support for research and development of innovative
technologies through early financial support, research support,
peer-review and evaluation for projects developed in partnership
with for-profwith companies of all sizes, universities and
non-profits. Conference report did not adopt specific language
requested by the Senate for new awards to be made.

Public Telecommunications Facilities Program: $21.8 million
(in line with Senate request; House request: $2.5 million)

Competitive grant program that helps public broadcasting
stations, state and local governments, Indian Tribes, and
nonprofit organizations construct facilities to bring educational
and cultural programs to the American public using broadcast and
nonbroadcast telecommunications technologies.

Technology Opportunities Program: $0
(in line with House request; Senate request: $14.8 million)

Competitive grant program to demonstrating practical applications
of new telecommunications and information technologies to serve
the public interest. Will continue to fund and administer
existing grant obligations.

Department of Education

21st Century Learning Centers: $999 million
(conference agreement with House request; Senate request: $1 billion)

Post-school day opportunities for students and their families
through centers providing expanded academic enrichment
opportunities for children attending low performing schools in
collaboration with other public and non-profit agencies,
organizations, local businesses, post-secondary institutions,
scientific/cultural and other community entities. Tutorial
services and academic enrichment activities are designed to help
students meet local and state academic standards in subjects such
as reading and math. In addition 21st CCLC programs provide youth
development activities, drug and violence prevention programs,
technology education programs, art, music and recreation
programs, counseling and character education to enhance the
academic component of the program.

Community Technology Centers: $5 million
(House request: $0; Senate request: $11 million)

Creates or expand community technology centers that provide
disadvantaged residents of economically distressed urban and
rural communities with access to information technology and
training on how to use it. Organizations such as foundations,
museums, libraries, private non-profit organizations and
faith-based organizations that have the capacity to significantly
expand access to computers and related services for disadvantaged
residents of economically distressed communities are eligible to

Education Technology State Grants: $500 million
(House request: $600 million; Senate request: $691.8 million)

Main federal initiative supporting the integration of technology
into classroom instruction through formula grants to the states.

Department of Health and Human Services

Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives: $1.38 million
(conference agreement with Senate request; House request: $1.4 million)

Provides information and training for community and faith-based
organizations with respect to HHS programs

Compassion Capital Fund: $55 million
(conference agreement with House request; Senate request: $47.7 million

Helps faith-based and community organizations increase their
effectiveness and enhance their ability to provide social
services to serve those most in need through two grant programs,
the Demonstration Program (intermediaries) and the Targeted
Capacity Building Program (mini-grants).

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Neighborhood Networks: $15 million
(conference agreement with Senate request)

Competitive grants under the Public Housing Capital Fund to
establish and operate computer centers in and around public
housing, so that residents can have access to the technology
skills that are increasingly important in the 21st century
workplace. Up to an additional $1 million will be available for
technical assistance to these centers, and to allow centers to
serve individuals receiving other forms of housing assistance.

Department of Labor

Community College/Community-Based Job Training Grants: $250
million (conference agreement with President's budget request)

New initiative to strengthen partnerships among workforce
investment boards, community colleges, and employers to train
workers for high growth, high demand industries in the new

One Stop Career Centers: $98.7 million
(conference agreement)

One-Stop Centers bring together employment and training services
that work with all people into one place and make it easier for
job seekers and employers to use these services. Services
available through the One-Stop system include such things as:
information about job vacancies, career options, and relevant
employment trends; instruction on how to conduct a job search,
write a resume, or interview with an employer; referral to
training programs and unemployment insurance claim processing.

Corporation for National and Community Service
VISTA: $95 million
(House request: $93.7 million; Senate request: $96.4 million)

AmeriCorps*VISTA members serve in hundreds of nonprofit
organizations and public agencies throughout the country --
working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create
businesses, increase housing opportunities, or bridge the digital

Ryan Turner
Director of Policy and Communications
Community Technology Centers' Network (CTCNet)
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