PUBLIC LAW 103-382—OCT. 20, 1994 108 STAT. 3885 "(7) assure that the entity will conduct its activities and supervise its personnel in a manner that effectively ensures compliance with the copyright laws of the United States under title 17, United States Code. "(b) APPROVAL OF APPLICATION.— "(1) IN GENERAL. —The Secretary shall approve or disapprove applications submitted pursuant to subsection (a) in accordance with the criteria and procedures established under paragraph (2). "(2) PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA.—The Secretary shall develop procedures and criteria designed to ensure that grants or contracts are competitively awarded on the basis of merit determined under a peer review process. "(3) NATIONAL PANEL. — (A) The Secretary, in consultation with the Director, shall establish a national panel, or to the extent necessary, panels, to submit to the Secretary recommendations for awards of grants or contracts under this part. The Secretary shall appoint the members of such panel or panels. "(B) Each panel appointed under subparagraph (A) shall include participation, to the extent feasible, from each region. "SEC. 13304. REGIONAL BOARDS. 20 USC 8674. "(a) IN GENERAL. — Each eligible entity receiving a grant or contract under this part shall establish a regional board to oversee the administration and establishment of program priorities for the regional consortium established by such eligible entity. Such regional board shall be broadly representative of the agencies and organizations participating in the regional consortium. "(b) PROHIBITION ON USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS.— No Federal funds may be used for the establishment or operation of a regional board required by subsection (a), except that at the discretion of a regional board. Federal funds may be used to provide assistance such as travel and accommodations for board members who could not otherwise afford to participate as members of the board. "SEC. 13305. PAYMENTS; FEDERAL SHARE; NON-FEDERAL SHARE. 20 USC 8675. "(a) PAYMENTS. —The Secretary shall pay to each eligible entity having an application approved under section 13303 the Federal share of the cost of the activities described in the application. "(b) FEDERAL SHARE. —For the purpose of subsection (a), the Federal share shall be 80 percent. "(c) NON-FEDERAL SHARE.—The non-Federal share of the cost of activities described in the application submitted under section 13303 may be in cash or in kind, fairly evaluated. At least 10 percent of such non-Federal share shall be from sources other than the Federal Government, or State or local government. "SEC. 13306. EVALUATION. 20 USC 8676. "(a) EVALUATION REQUIRED.— The Secretary, through the Office of Educational Research and Improvement and in accordance with section 14701, shall collect sufficient data on, and evaluate the effectiveness of, the activities of each regional consortium. "(b) ASSESSMENT.—The evaluations described in paragraph (1) shall include an assessment of the effectiveness of the regional consortium in meeting the needs of the schools, teachers, administrators and students in the region.
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