[[This file contains this Federal Register in Portable Document Format (PDF). It can be viewed with version 3.0 or greater of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Scroll down to see a text version of this document.]]
[Federal Register: September 3, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 171)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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 the
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: Monday, September 21, 1998, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and
ending at 6 p.m., but closed from approximately 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.;
and Tuesday, September 22, 1998, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at
approximately 2 p.m.
ADDRESSES: Embassy Suites Hotel, the Diplomat/Consulate Room, 1250 22nd
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20037.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dr. Brian K. Fitzgerald, Staff Director, Advisory Committee on Student
Financial Assistance, Portals Building, 1280 Maryland Avenue, SW.,
Suite 601, Washington, DC 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 Pub. L. 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. Also, with 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 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. In addition, Congress
invited the Committee to submit recommendations pertaining to the 1998
reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Specifically, Congress
asked the Committee to identify proposals to improve access through
delivery and identify and analyze the impact of proposals being
developed by the Department of Education (ED) and the higher education
community, among others. The Committee delivered its reauthorization
recommendations to Congress on May 1, 1997. The Committee will continue
to inform members and the higher education community about the current
status of congressional and other legislative proposals and make
recommendations to Congress and the Secretary of Education regarding
the impact of these proposals on student aid policy.
The proposed agenda includes: (a) Discussion sessions on
reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and its impact on students,
institutions, ED, and all other participants in the student aid
programs; and (b) discussion sessions addressing the Committee's agenda
for fiscal year 1999 and other Committee business (e.g., election of
officers, 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 and fax numbers. 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 Tuesday, September 15, 1998.
The Advisory Committee will meet in Washington, DC on September 21,
1998, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 6 p.m., and on September 22,
from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m. The meeting will be closed to
the public on September 21, from approximately 4:30 p.m. to 6 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) 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,
SW., Suite 601, Washington, DC from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,
weekdays, except Federal holidays.
Dated: August 28, 1998.
Brian K. Fitzgerald,
Staff Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.
[FR Doc. 98-23704 Filed 9-2-98; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4000-01-M