Office of Postsecondary Education; Notice of Negotiated Rulemaking for Programs Authorized Under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended, 47756-47758 [E6-13642]

Download as PDF 47756 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 160 / Friday, August 18, 2006 / Proposed Rules List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): Boeing: Docket No. FAA–2006–25609; Directorate Identifier 2005–NM–263–AD. Comments Due Date (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by October 2, 2006. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Boeing Model 777– 200 and –300 series airplanes, certificated in any category, equipped with Rolls-Royce RB211 TRENT 800 engines. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from reports of engine surges and internal engine damage due to ice accumulation during extended idle thrust operation in ground fog icing conditions. We are issuing this AD to prevent internal engine damage due to ice accumulation and shedding, which could cause a shutdown of both engines, and result in loss of control of the airplane. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL Compliance (e) You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done. Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) Revision (f) Within 14 days after the effective date of this AD, revise the Limitations Section of the Boeing Model 777 Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) to include the following statements. This may be done by inserting a copy of this AD in the AFM. ‘‘GROUND OPERATIONS IN FREEZING FOG When freezing fog is reported and (a) the OAT is 0 degrees C to ¥6 degrees C then run up the engines to 50% N1 for 1 minute every 45 minutes taxi time, or (b) the OAT is ¥7 degrees C to ¥13 degrees C then run up the engines to 59% N1 for 1 minute for every 45 minutes taxi time, or (c) the OAT is colder than ¥13 degrees C and taxi time exceeds 45 minutes, there is no run-up procedure. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:38 Aug 17, 2006 Jkt 208001 Regardless of temperature, if the core ice shedding procedure described above is not accomplished within 45 minutes total taxi time in freezing fog, but takeoff can be achieved within 60 minutes total taxi time in freezing fog, takeoff is permitted. A borescope inspection is required within 10 flights. If takeoff is not accomplished within 60 minutes total taxi time, then manually deice the engines.’’ (g) When a statement identical to that in paragraph (f) of this AD has been included in the general revisions of the AFM, the general revisions may be inserted into the AFM, and the copy of this AD may be removed from the AFM. Inspection for Ice (h) If takeoff is not accomplished in freezing fog within 60 minutes total taxi time, before further flight, perform an inspection for ice of the variable inlet guide vanes (VIGV’s), in accordance with Task 12–33–03– 200–801 of the Airplane Maintenance Manual (AMM); and inspect the low pressure compressor (fan) for ice after engine operation in freezing fog, in accordance with Task 12–33–03–200–802 of Chapter 12–33– 03, dated May 5, 2006, of the AMM. (1) If no ice is detected, the time already completed in freezing conditions can be reset to zero for subsequent operation. (2) If any ice is detected, before further flight, manually de-ice the engine core inlet in accordance with Task 12–33–03–600–803, of Chapter 12–33–03 of the AMM, dated May 5, 2006, or manually de-ice the engine by parking the aircraft in a heated hanger in accordance with Task 12–33–03–600–804 of Chapter 12–33–03 of the AMM, dated May 5, 2006. Borescope Inspection for Damage (i) For airplanes on which the core ice shedding procedure is not accomplished within 45 minutes total taxi time, but that achieve takeoff within 60 minutes total taxi time in freezing fog, regardless of temperature during ground operations in freezing fog: Within 10 flight cycles after takeoff, perform a borescope inspection for damage of the compressor of both engines, in accordance with a method approved by the Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO). One acceptable method of compliance is to perform the borescope inspection in accordance with Boeing Model 777 Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM), Section 72, tasks 72–00–00–200–801 and 72–00–00–200– 802, both dated May 5, 2006. If any damage is detected, repair before further flight in accordance with the AMM. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (j)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested in accordance with the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. (2) Before using any AMOC approved in accordance with § 39.19 on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify the appropriate principal inspector in the FAA Flight Standards Certificate Holding District Office. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair required by this AD, if it is approved by an Authorized Representative for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Delegation Option Authorization Organization who has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. Issued in Renton, Washington, on August 8, 2006. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E6–13649 Filed 8–17–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 34 CFR Chapter VI Office of Postsecondary Education; Notice of Negotiated Rulemaking for Programs Authorized Under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended Department of Education. Notice of establishment of negotiated rulemaking committee. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: We announce our intention to establish up to four negotiated rulemaking committees to prepare proposed regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Each committee will include representatives of organizations or groups with interests that are significantly affected by the subject matter of the proposed regulations. We also announce a series of four regional hearings, as detailed in the DATES section of this notice, where interested parties can suggest issues that should be considered for action by the negotiating committees. In addition, we request nominations for individual negotiators who represent key stakeholder constituencies that are involved in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA to serve on these committees. DATES: We must receive your nominations for negotiators to serve on the committees on or before November 9, 2006. (See dates, times, and locations of regional hearings under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.) Please send your nominations for negotiators to Patty Chase, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Room 8050, Washington, DC 20006, or by fax to Patty Chase at (202) 502–7874. You may ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\18AUP1.SGM 18AUP1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 160 / Friday, August 18, 2006 / Proposed Rules also e-mail your nominations to: Patty.Chase@ed.gov. Those nominated will be notified via letter as to whether or not they have been selected as a negotiator as soon as the Department’s review process is completed. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the hearings and the nomination submission process: Patty Chase, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Room 8050, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: (202) 502–7905. For information about negotiated rulemaking in general: Wendy Macias, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Room 8017, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone (202) 502–7526. You may also e-mail your questions about negotiated rulemaking to: Wendy.Macias@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed in this section for information about the hearings and the nomination submission process. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 492 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), requires that, before publishing any proposed regulations to implement programs under Title IV of the HEA, the Secretary obtain public involvement in the development of the proposed regulations. After obtaining advice and recommendations from the public, the Secretary must use a negotiated rulemaking process to develop the proposed regulations. We intend to develop proposed regulations by following the negotiated rulemaking procedures in section 492 of the HEA. We intend to select participants for the negotiated rulemaking committees from nominees of the organizations and groups that represent the interests significantly affected by the proposed regulations. To the extent possible, we will select from the nominees, individual negotiators who reflect the diversity among program participants, in accordance with section 492(b)(1) of the HEA. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL Regulatory Issues We intend to conduct negotiated rulemaking to develop proposed regulations for the new Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:38 Aug 17, 2006 Jkt 208001 SMART Grant) programs, which were added to Title IV of the HEA by the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 (HERA), Pub. L. 109–171. Interim final regulations for these programs, with an invitation to comment, were published in the Federal Register on July 3, 2006 (71 FR 37990). The interim final regulations will be used to administer these programs for the 2006– 2007 award year. The Secretary may, for the 2007–2008 award year, amend the regulations, as appropriate, in response to comments received. The regulations for these programs that will be developed through negotiated rulemaking would be in effect for the third and subsequent years of implementation of these programs (that is, beginning July 1, 2008). Additionally, we expect to conduct negotiated rulemaking on any modifications to the regulations governing the Title IV programs generally that may be suggested as a result of the final report from the Secretary’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education. The Commission plans to issue its report by midSeptember. Therefore, the regulatory negotiation process could be used, to the extent possible, to address any recommendations for reducing regulatory burden or improving the administration of the Department’s programs authorized by Title IV of the HEA. We also note that there are bills currently pending in Congress to reauthorize the HEA. If reauthorization of the HEA is completed prior to the first negotiating session, we will, to the extent practicable, also include on the negotiating agenda changes to the regulations that may be needed to reflect any new law that may be enacted. We also expect to conduct negotiated rulemaking on other regulatory issues. These issues may include: issues raised by the public during the regional hearings; issues resulting from changes made by the HERA, other than those relating to the ACG/National SMART Grant programs; and items that have been identified by the Department as needed to improve program administration and accountability. Structure of the Committees We anticipate having up to four negotiating committees based upon the nature of the topics to be negotiated. Each of the following committees will be organized as necessary depending upon the comments received as a result of this notice. One negotiating committee will focus on issues related to the ACG and National SMART Grant programs. A second committee would PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 47757 address issues related to the Federal student loan programs authorized by Title IV, Parts B, D, and E of the HEA. A third committee would address other programmatic, institutional eligibility and general provisions issues. This committee could address issues related to HEA Title IV Parts A (except for ACG and National SMART Grants), C, G, and H (except Subpart 2), as well as HEA Title II, Section 208(b)(2). A fourth committee would address accreditation issues (Title IV, Part H, Subpart 2). Our goal is to establish committees that will allow significantly affected parties to be represented while keeping the committees’ size manageable. Nominations of individuals from coalitions of individuals and organizations representing the constituencies identified below are strongly encouraged. Moreover, the Department encourages nominations of individuals who are actively involved in administering the Federal programs that are the subject of these negotiated rulemaking sessions and who can represent the interests of groups that are significantly affected by the regulations. The committees may create subgroups on particular topics that would involve additional individuals who are not members of the committees. Individuals who are not selected as members of the committees will be able to attend the meetings, have access to the individuals representing their constituencies, and participate in informal working groups on various issues between the meetings. The committee meetings will be open to the public. The Department has identified the constituencies listed below as having interests that are significantly affected by the subject matter of the negotiated rulemaking process. The Department anticipates that individuals representing each of these constituencies will participate as members of one or more of the negotiated rulemaking committees. These constituencies are: Students; Legal assistance organizations that represent students; Financial aid administrators at institutions of higher education; Business officers and bursars at institutions of higher education; Institutional servicers (including collection agencies); Trustees; State higher education executive officers; Business and industry; Institutions of higher education eligible to receive Federal assistance under Title III, Parts A and B and Title V of the HEA, which includes Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, E:\FR\FM\18AUP1.SGM 18AUP1 47758 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 160 / Friday, August 18, 2006 / Proposed Rules rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL Alaska Native and Native HawaiianServing Institutions, and other institutions with a substantial enrollment of needy students as defined in Title III of the HEA; Two-year public institutions of higher education; Fouryear public institutions of higher education; Private, non-profit institutions of higher education; Private, for-profit institutions of higher education; Guaranty agencies and guaranty agency servicers (including collection agencies); Lenders, secondary markets, and loan servicers; and Accrediting Agencies. In addition to these groups, the Department would like the following groups to be represented on the negotiating committee for the ACG and National SMART Grant program: K–12 public schools, including charter schools; Governors; Private schools and home schooled students; Registrars; Admissions officers; Parent organizations; and Organizations related to National SMART Grant majors. While an individual selected to represent a constituency may be a representative of a group, institution, or industry participant, the individual will be expected to represent the interests of the entire constituency on the committee and to confer with other individuals and representatives of groups within that constituency. Nominations should include: • The name of the nominee, the organization he or she works for, if any, and a description of the interests that he or she represents; • Evidence of support from individuals or groups of the constituency that he or she will represent; • The nominee’s commitment that he or she will actively participate in good faith in the development of the proposed regulations; and • The nominee’s contact information, including address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address. Schedule for Negotiations We anticipate that the negotiating committees will meet in the Washington, DC, area three times beginning in December 2006 and concluding no later than March 2007. The dates and locations of these meetings will be published in a subsequent notice in the Federal Register, as well as being posted on the Department’s Web site at: http:// www.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/ hearulemaking/2006/index2006.html. We will post the schedule for negotiations on our Web site. Each committee will use electronic mail to exchange documents and discuss VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:38 Aug 17, 2006 Jkt 208001 proposals between meetings. The schedule will allow sufficient time for us to provide the public with a 60-day comment period for the proposed regulations resulting from the negotiated rulemaking process and sufficient time to address any issues raised in the comment period, while meeting the November 1 statutory deadline for publishing student financial assistance final regulations. Regional Hearings We will hold four public regional hearings for interested parties to discuss the agenda for the negotiated rulemaking sessions. These hearings will be held on: • September 19, 2006, at the University of California-Berkeley in Berkeley, California; • October 5, 2006, at the Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois; • November 2, 2006, at the Royal Pacific Hotel Conference Center in Orlando, Florida; and • November 8, 2006, at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. The regional hearings will be held from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. local time. Individuals desiring to present comments at the hearings are encouraged to do so. It is likely that each participant choosing to make a statement will be limited to five minutes. Individuals interested in making oral statements will be able to sign up to make a statement beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the hearing at the Department’s regional hearing onsite registration table on a first-come, first-served basis. If additional time slots remain, individuals may be given additional time to speak. If no time slots remain, the Department has reserved one additional hour at the end of the day for people who were not able to register to speak. The amount of time available will depend upon the number of individuals who request reservations. Speakers may also submit written comments. In addition, for anyone unable to attend any of the regional hearings, the Department will also accept written comments. You should send your comments to: Wendy Macias, U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 33184, Washington, DC 20033–3184. All comments must be received by November 9, 2006. The regional hearing sites are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Persons needing an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting (e.g., interpreting service, assistive listening device, or materials in alternative format), should notify the PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 contact person for information about meetings listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in this notice in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Although we will attempt to meet any request we receive, we may not be able to make available the requested auxiliary aid or service because of insufficient time to arrange it. Further information on the regional hearing sites is available on http://www.ed.gov/ policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/ 2006/index2006.html. Electronic Access to This Document You may view this document, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ fedregister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

34 CFR Chapter VI


Office of Postsecondary Education; Notice of Negotiated 
Rulemaking for Programs Authorized Under Title IV of the Higher 
Education Act of 1965, as Amended

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of establishment of negotiated rulemaking committee.

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SUMMARY: We announce our intention to establish up to four negotiated 
rulemaking committees to prepare proposed regulations under Title IV of 
the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Each committee will 
include representatives of organizations or groups with interests that 
are significantly affected by the subject matter of the proposed 
regulations. We also announce a series of four regional hearings, as 
detailed in the DATES section of this notice, where interested parties 
can suggest issues that should be considered for action by the 
negotiating committees. In addition, we request nominations for 
individual negotiators who represent key stakeholder constituencies 
that are involved in the student financial assistance programs 
authorized under Title IV of the HEA to serve on these committees.

DATES: We must receive your nominations for negotiators to serve on the 
committees on or before November 9, 2006. (See dates, times, and 
locations of regional hearings under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section of this notice.)

ADDRESSES: Please send your nominations for negotiators to Patty Chase, 
U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Room 8050, 
Washington, DC 20006, or by fax to Patty Chase at (202) 502-7874. You 
may

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also e-mail your nominations to: Patty.Chase@ed.gov. Those nominated 
will be notified via letter as to whether or not they have been 
selected as a negotiator as soon as the Department's review process is 
completed.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the hearings and 
the nomination submission process: Patty Chase, U.S. Department of 
Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Room 8050, Washington, DC 20006. 
Telephone: (202) 502-7905.
    For information about negotiated rulemaking in general: Wendy 
Macias, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Room 8017, 
Washington, DC 20006. Telephone (202) 502-7526. You may also e-mail 
your questions about negotiated rulemaking to: Wendy.Macias@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in this section for 
information about the hearings and the nomination submission process.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 492 of the Higher Education Act of 
1965, as amended (HEA), requires that, before publishing any proposed 
regulations to implement programs under Title IV of the HEA, the 
Secretary obtain public involvement in the development of the proposed 
regulations. After obtaining advice and recommendations from the 
public, the Secretary must use a negotiated rulemaking process to 
develop the proposed regulations.
    We intend to develop proposed regulations by following the 
negotiated rulemaking procedures in section 492 of the HEA. We intend 
to select participants for the negotiated rulemaking committees from 
nominees of the organizations and groups that represent the interests 
significantly affected by the proposed regulations. To the extent 
possible, we will select from the nominees, individual negotiators who 
reflect the diversity among program participants, in accordance with 
section 492(b)(1) of the HEA.

Regulatory Issues

    We intend to conduct negotiated rulemaking to develop proposed 
regulations for the new Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and 
National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant 
(National SMART Grant) programs, which were added to Title IV of the 
HEA by the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 (HERA), Pub. L. 
109-171. Interim final regulations for these programs, with an 
invitation to comment, were published in the Federal Register on July 
3, 2006 (71 FR 37990). The interim final regulations will be used to 
administer these programs for the 2006-2007 award year. The Secretary 
may, for the 2007-2008 award year, amend the regulations, as 
appropriate, in response to comments received. The regulations for 
these programs that will be developed through negotiated rulemaking 
would be in effect for the third and subsequent years of implementation 
of these programs (that is, beginning July 1, 2008).
    Additionally, we expect to conduct negotiated rulemaking on any 
modifications to the regulations governing the Title IV programs 
generally that may be suggested as a result of the final report from 
the Secretary's Commission on the Future of Higher Education. The 
Commission plans to issue its report by mid-September. Therefore, the 
regulatory negotiation process could be used, to the extent possible, 
to address any recommendations for reducing regulatory burden or 
improving the administration of the Department's programs authorized by 
Title IV of the HEA.
    We also note that there are bills currently pending in Congress to 
reauthorize the HEA. If reauthorization of the HEA is completed prior 
to the first negotiating session, we will, to the extent practicable, 
also include on the negotiating agenda changes to the regulations that 
may be needed to reflect any new law that may be enacted.
    We also expect to conduct negotiated rulemaking on other regulatory 
issues. These issues may include: issues raised by the public during 
the regional hearings; issues resulting from changes made by the HERA, 
other than those relating to the ACG/National SMART Grant programs; and 
items that have been identified by the Department as needed to improve 
program administration and accountability.

Structure of the Committees

    We anticipate having up to four negotiating committees based upon 
the nature of the topics to be negotiated. Each of the following 
committees will be organized as necessary depending upon the comments 
received as a result of this notice. One negotiating committee will 
focus on issues related to the ACG and National SMART Grant programs. A 
second committee would address issues related to the Federal student 
loan programs authorized by Title IV, Parts B, D, and E of the HEA. A 
third committee would address other programmatic, institutional 
eligibility and general provisions issues. This committee could address 
issues related to HEA Title IV Parts A (except for ACG and National 
SMART Grants), C, G, and H (except Subpart 2), as well as HEA Title II, 
Section 208(b)(2). A fourth committee would address accreditation 
issues (Title IV, Part H, Subpart 2). Our goal is to establish 
committees that will allow significantly affected parties to be 
represented while keeping the committees' size manageable.
    Nominations of individuals from coalitions of individuals and 
organizations representing the constituencies identified below are 
strongly encouraged. Moreover, the Department encourages nominations of 
individuals who are actively involved in administering the Federal 
programs that are the subject of these negotiated rulemaking sessions 
and who can represent the interests of groups that are significantly 
affected by the regulations. The committees may create subgroups on 
particular topics that would involve additional individuals who are not 
members of the committees. Individuals who are not selected as members 
of the committees will be able to attend the meetings, have access to 
the individuals representing their constituencies, and participate in 
informal working groups on various issues between the meetings. The 
committee meetings will be open to the public.
    The Department has identified the constituencies listed below as 
having interests that are significantly affected by the subject matter 
of the negotiated rulemaking process. The Department anticipates that 
individuals representing each of these constituencies will participate 
as members of one or more of the negotiated rulemaking committees. 
These constituencies are:
    Students; Legal assistance organizations that represent students; 
Financial aid administrators at institutions of higher education; 
Business officers and bursars at institutions of higher education; 
Institutional servicers (including collection agencies); Trustees; 
State higher education executive officers; Business and industry;
    Institutions of higher education eligible to receive Federal 
assistance under Title III, Parts A and B and Title V of the HEA, which 
includes Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving 
Institutions, American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and 
Universities,

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Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, and other 
institutions with a substantial enrollment of needy students as defined 
in Title III of the HEA; Two-year public institutions of higher 
education; Four-year public institutions of higher education; Private, 
non-profit institutions of higher education; Private, for-profit 
institutions of higher education; Guaranty agencies and guaranty agency 
servicers (including collection agencies); Lenders, secondary markets, 
and loan servicers; and Accrediting Agencies.
    In addition to these groups, the Department would like the 
following groups to be represented on the negotiating committee for the 
ACG and National SMART Grant program:
    K-12 public schools, including charter schools; Governors; Private 
schools and home schooled students; Registrars; Admissions officers; 
Parent organizations; and Organizations related to National SMART Grant 
majors.
    While an individual selected to represent a constituency may be a 
representative of a group, institution, or industry participant, the 
individual will be expected to represent the interests of the entire 
constituency on the committee and to confer with other individuals and 
representatives of groups within that constituency.
    Nominations should include:
     The name of the nominee, the organization he or she works 
for, if any, and a description of the interests that he or she 
represents;
     Evidence of support from individuals or groups of the 
constituency that he or she will represent;
     The nominee's commitment that he or she will actively 
participate in good faith in the development of the proposed 
regulations; and
     The nominee's contact information, including address, 
phone number, fax number, and e-mail address.

Schedule for Negotiations

    We anticipate that the negotiating committees will meet in the 
Washington, DC, area three times beginning in December 2006 and 
concluding no later than March 2007. The dates and locations of these 
meetings will be published in a subsequent notice in the Federal 
Register, as well as being posted on the Department's Web site at: 
http://www.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2006/
index2006.html.
    We will post the schedule for negotiations on our Web site. Each 
committee will use electronic mail to exchange documents and discuss 
proposals between meetings. The schedule will allow sufficient time for 
us to provide the public with a 60-day comment period for the proposed 
regulations resulting from the negotiated rulemaking process and 
sufficient time to address any issues raised in the comment period, 
while meeting the November 1 statutory deadline for publishing student 
financial assistance final regulations.

Regional Hearings

    We will hold four public regional hearings for interested parties 
to discuss the agenda for the negotiated rulemaking sessions. These 
hearings will be held on:
     September 19, 2006, at the University of California-
Berkeley in Berkeley, California;
     October 5, 2006, at the Loyola University in Chicago, 
Illinois;
     November 2, 2006, at the Royal Pacific Hotel Conference 
Center in Orlando, Florida; and
     November 8, 2006, at the U.S. Department of Education in 
Washington, DC.
    The regional hearings will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. local time.
    Individuals desiring to present comments at the hearings are 
encouraged to do so. It is likely that each participant choosing to 
make a statement will be limited to five minutes. Individuals 
interested in making oral statements will be able to sign up to make a 
statement beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the hearing at the 
Department's regional hearing on-site registration table on a first-
come, first-served basis. If additional time slots remain, individuals 
may be given additional time to speak. If no time slots remain, the 
Department has reserved one additional hour at the end of the day for 
people who were not able to register to speak. The amount of time 
available will depend upon the number of individuals who request 
reservations. Speakers may also submit written comments.
    In addition, for anyone unable to attend any of the regional 
hearings, the Department will also accept written comments. You should 
send your comments to: Wendy Macias, U.S. Department of Education, P.O. 
Box 33184, Washington, DC 20033-3184. All comments must be received by 
November 9, 2006.
    The regional hearing sites are accessible to individuals with 
disabilities. Persons needing an auxiliary aid or service to 
participate in the meeting (e.g., interpreting service, assistive 
listening device, or materials in alternative format), should notify 
the contact person for information about meetings listed under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in this notice in advance of the scheduled 
meeting date. Although we will attempt to meet any request we receive, 
we may not be able to make available the requested auxiliary aid or 
service because of insufficient time to arrange it. Further information 
on the regional hearing sites is available on http://www.ed.gov/policy/
highered/reg/hearulemaking/2006/index2006.html.

Electronic Access to This Document

    You may view this document, in text or Adobe Portable Document 
Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/
news/fedregister.
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    Dated: August 15, 2006.
James F. Manning,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. E6-13642 Filed 8-17-06; 8:45 am]
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