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Direct Loan Annual Conference March 28 to 30, 1999

PublicationDate: 1/28/99
Summary: Direct Loan Annual Conference March 28 to 30, 1999
Author: DLTF - Direct Loan Task Force


Posted January 28, 1999
ANNOUNCEMENT

Direct Loan Annual Conference

March 28 to 30, 1999

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, D.C.



The U.S. Department of Education will sponsor the 1999 Direct Loan Annual Conference from March 28 to 30, 1999, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley will address the conference on Monday, March 29, at a session on the future of federal student loan programs. The newly appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Office of Student Financial Assistance Programs, Greg Woods, will open the conference on Sunday, March 28, with the keynote address. Mr. Woods will present an overview of the new SFA Performance Based Organization (PBO), the role of the Chief Operating Officer, and the resulting impact on the management of student financial assistance and policy development.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance Programs is the first Performance Based Organization (PBO) in the federal government. Congress and the administration established the PBO to modernize the delivery of student financial aid and improve service to millions of students and the postsecondary institutions they attend.

Mr. Woods will also share his goals and vision for the future of the Department of Education and the Direct Loan Program. Other conference topics include an overview of the new ACCESS FOR AMERICA FOR STUDENTS initiative, the new master promissory note process, new institutional tax reporting requirements, reconciliation and drawdown issues, software changes, and an overview of the Grant Administration and Payment system. Schools will have the opportunity to discuss specific issues with representatives from the Loan Origination and Direct Loan Servicing Centers.

Call the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Washington Hotel) directly at 202/328-2900 to make room reservations. Reservations must be made by February 26, 1999, in order to receive the special group rates of $160.30 (including tax) for single occupancy or $194.65 (including tax) for double occupancy.

For more information on conference specifics, visit the Direct Loan web site at http://ed.gov/DirectLoan/conferences or contact Sarah Utz, U.S. Department of Education, at 202/260-5032, orsarah_utz@ed.gov.

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