The Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education (ED), has announced additional topics for consideration for action by the next negotiated rulemaking committee for the Federal Student Aid Programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The April 16, 2013, Federal Register [PDF] notice also announced three public hearings at which interested parties may comment on the new topics suggested by ED and suggest additional topics for consideration for action by the negotiated rulemaking committee. Written comments suggesting issues that should be considered for action by the committee must be received on or before May 30, 2013.
Public hearings for interested parties to discuss the topics included in this notice and to suggest additional topics for the rulemaking agenda will be held as follows:
- May 21, 2013: U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW, Eighth Floor Conference Center, Washington, DC 20006
- May 23, 2013: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
- May 30, 2013: University of California, San Francisco, UC Hall, Toland Hall Auditorium (Room U142), 533 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143
On May 1, 2012, ED published a notice in the Federal Register announcing its intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee under section 492 of the HEA to develop proposed regulations designed to prevent fraud and otherwise ensure proper use of title IV Federal Student Aid program funds, especially within the context of current technologies. In particular, ED announced its intent to propose regulations to address the use of debit cards and other banking mechanisms for disbursing Title IV Federal Student Aid program funds and to improve and streamline the campus-based Federal Student Aid programs. The notice also announced two public hearings at which interested parties could comment on the topics suggested and propose additional topics for consideration for action by the negotiated rulemaking committee. The hearings were held on May 23, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona, and on May 31, 2012, in Washington, DC. Parties were also invited to comment and submit topics for consideration in writing as well.
For more information, please contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.