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[Federal Register: January 13, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 8)]
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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 the
forthcoming 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
DATES AND TIMES: Tuesday, January 26, 1999, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and
ending at approximately 5:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, January 27, 1999,
beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 2:00 p.m.
ADDRESSES: Sheraton City Centre Hotel, the New Hampshire III Room, 1143
New Hampshire Avenue, 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 Public Law 100-50 (20 U.S.C. 1098). The Advisory
Committee serves as an independent source of advice and counsel to the
Congress and the Secretary of Education on student financial aid
policy. Since its inception, the Committee has been charged with
providing technical expertise with regard to systems of need analysis
and application forms, making recommendations that 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; assisting with activities related to the
1992 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965; conducting a
third-year evaluation of the Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (FDLP)
and the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) under the Omnibus
Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1993; and assisting Congress with
the 1998 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
The congressional mandate requires the Advisory Committee to
conduct objective, nonpartisan, and independent analyses on important
aspects of the student assistance programs under Title IV of the Higher
Education Act. The Committee traditionally approaches its work from a
set of fundamental goals; promoting program integrity, eliminating or
avoiding program complexity, integrating delivery across the Title IV
programs, and minimizing burden on students and institutions.
Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act has provided the
Advisory Committee with a significantly expanded agenda in six major
areas, such as, Performance-based Organization (PBO); Modernization;
Technology; Simplification of Law and Regulation; Distance Education;
and Early Information and Needs Assessment. In each of these areas,
Congress has asked the Committee to: monitor progress toward
implementing the Amendments of 1998; conduct independent, objective
assessments; and make recommendations for improvement to the Congress
and the Secretary. Each of these responsibilities flows logically from
and effectively implements one or more of the Committee's original
statutory functions and purposes.
The proposed agenda includes: (a) Discussion sessions on
implementing the provisions of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998
and their impact on all Title IV programs; and (b) discussion sessions
regarding implementation of the Distance Education Demonstration
Program and the Performance-based Organization including Systems
Modernization and Technology. In addition, the Committee will discuss
its plans for the remainder of fiscal year 1999 and address other
Committee business. 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
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 Wednesday, January 20, 1999.
The Advisory Committee will meet in Washington, DC on January 26,
1999, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m., and on January 27,
from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m.
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 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,
weekdays, except Federal holidays.
Due to administrative delays caused by the holiday, this notice is
published less than 15 days prior to the meeting.
Dated: January 7, 1999.
Barbara L. McFall,
Associate Staff Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial
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