Federal Programs

Welcome to the Nebraska Department of Education’s Federal Programs web page.

Below are the resources and services our division provides to Schools, Administrators, Teachers, and the Public from all over Nebraska.

Title IV Waiver – Available for Public Comment

Nebraska Waivers for Flexibility on K-12 Title IV, Part A Education Funding

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is accepting public comments for Nebraska Title IV, Part A waivers for flexibility under the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program – Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) – in light of the continued disruption to learning caused by COVID-19.

This linked document is available for public comment until January 7, 2021.  Should you have questions or comments, please email dottie.heusman@nebraska.gov.

Accountability and Assessment Waiver

On March 27th Nebraska received a waiver from USDE for 2019-20 assessments, accountability, school identification and reporting requirements as originally planned, due to extensive school closures brought about due to COVID-19.

Fiscal Waiver

On April 21st Nebraska received a waiver from USDE for 2019-20 to lift the carryover limitation of Title I funds, to extend the period that funds carried over from 2018-19 could be used, and lift the required limitation percentages for Title IV-A funds due to school closures caused by COVID-19.

Federal Programs

Education is primarily a State and local responsibility in the United States. It is States and communities, as well as public and private organizations of all kinds, that establish schools and colleges, develop curricula, and determine requirements for enrollment and graduation. These federal programs assist in completing the educational goals of our students.

The GMS is a web-based system used by the Department for processing various grants and plans. The system supports application submissions, amendments, and approval as well as the issuance of grant award notifications. The system also supports the processing of payments against grant awards through reimbursement requests.
Its purposes are to provide:

  1. districts an easy to use mechanism with a common look and feel originating from various sources
  2. quick response time between the Department and districts
  3. real time financial representation.

A majority of grants continue to be placed on the GMS which has become the principal method for processing Department issued grants.

Updated January 19, 2021 2:19pm