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(General) Subject: Negotiated Rulemaking Hearings

Posted Date:April 16, 2013

Author: Jeff Baker, Director, Policy Liaison and Implementation, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Negotiated Rulemaking Hearings

On April 16, 2013 the Department published a notice in the Federal Register announcing three public hearings to solicit comment on proposals to amend the regulations governing the Federal student assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The hearings are the first step in an expected negotiated rulemaking process that will begin in the fall. The hearings are scheduled for:

  • Washington, DC – May 21, 2013

  • Minneapolis, MN – May 23, 2013

  • San Francisco, CA – May 30, 2013

Topics under consideration for rulemaking and for which the Department is soliciting public comment at the hearings and from written responses are:

  • Cash management

  • State authorization for distance education programs

  • State authorization for foreign locations of domestic institutions

  • Clock to credit hour conversion

  • Gainful employment

  • Campus safety and security reporting

  • Definition of “adverse credit” for the direct PLUS loan program

Based on comments gathered at the hearings and from written submissions the Department will prepare a list of topics to be considered by the negotiated rulemaking committees.

Further information on the public hearing go to: http://ifap.ed.gov/fregisters/FR041613.html

Last Modified: 04/15/2013