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[Federal Register: January 23, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 15)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance; Meeting
AGENCY: Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Education.
ACTION: Notice of upcoming meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a
forthcoming partially closed meeting of the Advisory Committee on
Student Financial Assistance. This notice also describes the functions
of the Committee. Notice of this meeting is required under Section
10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This document is
intended to notify the general public.
DATES AND TIMES: February 4, 1997, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at
4:30 p.m. but closed from approximately 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on
February 5, 1997, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m.
ADDRESSES: Radisson Barcelo Hotel, 2121 P Street, N.W., Washington,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dr. Brian K. Fitzgerald, Staff Director, Advisory Committee on Student
Financial Assistance, Portals Building, 1280 Maryland Avenue, S.W.,
Suite 601, Washington, D.C. 20202-7582 (202) 708-7439.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committee on Student Financial
Assistance is established under Section 491 of the Higher Education Act
of 1965 as amended by Public Law 100-50 (20 U.S.C. 1098). The Advisory
Committee is established to provide advice and counsel to the Congress
and the Secretary of Education on student financial aid matters,
including providing technical expertise with regard to systems of need
analysis and application forms, making recommendations that will result
in the maintenance of access to postsecondary education for low- and
middle-income students, conducting a study of institutional lending in
the Stafford Student Loan Program, and assisting with activities
related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965. As a
result of the passage of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, the
Congress directed the Advisory Committee to assist with a series of
special assessments and conduct an in-depth study of student loan
simplification. The Advisory Committee fulfills its charge by
conducting objective, nonpartisan, and independent analyses of
important student aid issues. As a result of passage of the Omnibus
Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1993, Congress assigned the
Advisory Committee the major task of evaluating the Ford Federal Direct
Loan Program (FDLP) and the Federal Family Education Loan Program
(FFELP). The Committee will report to the Secretary and Congress on not
less than an annual basis on the operation of both programs and submit
a final report by January 1, 1997.
The proposed agenda includes (a) presentations and discussion
sessions on reauthorization of the Higher Education Act; (b) an
Advisory Committee regulatory update; and (c) a planning session on the
Committee's agenda for the remainder of fiscal year 1997, and other
Committee business (e.g., election of officers, budget report, etc).
Space is limited and you are encouraged to register early if you plan
to attend. You may register through Internet at ADV__COMSFA@ED.gov or
Tracy__Deanna__Jones@ED.gov. Please include your name, title,
affiliation, complete address (including Internet and e-mail--if
available), and telephone number. If you are unable to register through
Internet, you may mail or fax your registration information to the
Advisory Committee staff office at (202) 401-3467. Also, you may
contact the Advisory Committee staff at (202) 708-7439. The
registration deadline is Thursday, January 30, 1997.
The Advisory Committee will meet in Washington, D.C. on February 4,
1997, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on February 5, from 8:30 a.m. to
approximately 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be closed to the public on
February 4, from approximately 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to elect a new
chairperson and discuss other personnel matters. The ensuing
discussions will relate to internal personnel rules and practices of an
agency and will disclose information of a personal nature where
disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal
privacy if conducted in open session. Such matters are protected by
exemptions (2) and (6) of Section 552(b)(c) of Title 5 U.S.C.
A summary of the activities at the closed session and related
matters which are informative to the public consistent with the policy
of Title 5 U.S.C. 552(b) will be available to the public within
fourteen days after the meeting.
Records are kept of all Committee proceedings, and are available
for public inspection at the Office of the Advisory Committee on
Student Financial Assistance, Portals Building, 1280 Maryland Avenue,
S.W., Suite 601, Washington, D.C. from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:30
p.m., weekdays except Federal holidays.
Dated: January 16, 1997.
Brian K. Fitzgerald,
Staff Director Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.
[FR Doc. 97-1538 Filed 1-22-97; 8:45 am]
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