The Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education will publish a notice in the January 28 FEDERAL REGISTER inviting  applications for selection of up to 10 performance partnership pilots for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and up to 10 performance partnership pilots for FY2019 under the Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth authority.  The pre-publication version is available here

Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3) was first authorized by Congress in FY 2014 by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, and the authority has been included by Congress in appropriations acts each year since FY 2014. The P3 authority enables pilot sites to blend FY 2018 and FY 2019 Federal funds and obtain waivers of program requirements, including statutory, regulatory, and administrative requirements that are barriers to achieving improved outcomes for youth-serving programs included in the authority. Under P3, pilots can test innovative, outcome focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth using the flexibility provided by P3.

This notice invites applications for selection as FY 2018 and 2019 pilots. Unlike previous rounds, ED will not award start-up funds to selected pilots, because the Agencies want to encourage potential pilots to create cost neutral innovations in service delivery. However, the flexibilities available under P3 can generate significant cost savings for pilots by relieving them of some burdensome requirements, as well as enabling them to use Federal dollars more effectively to serve disconnected youth.