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[Federal Register: February 9, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 26)]
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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 25, 1998, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending
at 5:30 p.m., but closed from approximately 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and
February 26, 1998, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at approximately
ADDRESSES: The Washington Marriott Hotel, Georgetown I Room, 1221 22nd
Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037.
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 or visit our web site at www.ed.gov/offices/
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 Education Loan Program (FFELP). The
Committee was directed to 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 Committee submitted to Congress
its final recommendations on the advisability of fully implementing the
FDLP on December 11, 1996. The Advisory Committee has now focused its
energies on activities related to reauthorization of the Higher
Education Act of 1998.
The proposed agenda includes presentations and discussion sessions
which will focus on (a) congressional and other legislative proposals
and their impact on Title IV student aid programs; (b) an update on the
Department of Education's reauthorization initiatives including the
delivery system; (c) an association update on priorities for
reauthorization; and (d) special topic discussion sessions pertaining
to student loan interest rates and college costs issues. In addition,
the Committee will discuss its agenda for the remainder of fiscal year
1998 and address other Committee business (e.g., personnel matters,
etc). Space is limited and your 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 and fax numbers. If you are unable
to register electronically, 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 Wednesday, February 18, 1998.
The Advisory Committee will meet in Washington, D.C. on February
25, 1998, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m., and on February
26, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be
closed to the public on February 25, from approximately 4:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m. to discuss 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: February 3, 1998.
Dr. Brian K. Fitzgerald,
Staff Director, Advisory Committee on student Financial Assistance.
[FR Doc. 98-3088 Filed 2-6-98; 8:45 am]
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