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Subject: Delay of State Authorization Rules for Distance Education Providers

Publication Date: May 25, 2018

Posted Date: May 25, 2018

Subject: Delay of State Authorization Rules for Distance Education Providers

FR Type: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)

NPRM Comment Due Date: June 11, 2018

[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 102 (Friday, May 25, 2018)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 24250-24255]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2018-11262]



34 CFR Parts 600 and 668

[Docket ID ED-2018-OPE-0041]
RIN 1840-AD39

Program Integrity and Improvement

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.


SUMMARY: The Secretary proposes to delay, until July 1, 2020, the 
effective date of the final regulations entitled Program Integrity and 
Improvement published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016 (the 
final regulations). The current effective date of the final regulations 
is July 1, 2018. The Secretary proposes the delay based on concerns 
recently raised by regulated parties and to ensure that there is 
adequate time to conduct negotiated rulemaking to reconsider the final 
regulations, and as necessary, develop revised regulations. The 
provisions for which the effective date is being delayed are listed in 
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before June 11, 2018. As 
previously indicated, we are establishing a 15-day public comment 
period for the proposed delay in effective date. We are doing so 
because the 2016 rule is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2018, and 
a final rule delaying the effective date must be published prior to 
that date. A longer comment period would not allow sufficient time for 
the Department to review and respond to comments, and publish a final 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal 
or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not 
accept comments submitted by fax or by email or those submitted after 
the comment period. To ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies, 
please submit your comments only once. In addition, please include the 
Docket ID at the top of your comments.

     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to to 
submit your comments electronically. Information on using, including instructions for accessing agency documents, 
submitting comments, and viewing the docket, is available on the site 
under "Help.''

     Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery: The 
Department strongly encourages commenters to submit their comments 
electronically. However, if you mail or deliver your comments about the 
notice of proposed rulemaking, address them to Jean-Didier Gaina, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Mail Stop 294-20, 
Washington, DC 20202.

    Privacy Note: The Department's policy is to make all comments 
received from members of the public available for public viewing on the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal at Therefore, 
commenters should be careful to include in their comments only 
information that they wish to make publicly available.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sophia McArdle, Ph.D., U.S. Department 
of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Mail Stop 290-44, Washington, DC 
20202. Telephone: (202) 453-6318. Email: Sophia McArdle

    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

Last Modified: 05/24/2018