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Updated Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
Document Number: 2020-00876
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-21
Agency: Department of Education
The Department publishes updated guidance on constitutionally protected prayer and religious expression in public elementary and secondary schools, dated January 16, 2020.
Applications for New Awards; Native Hawaiian Education Program; Amendment
Document Number: 2020-00864
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-21
Agency: Department of Education
On December 13, 2019, we published in the Federal Register a notice inviting applications (NIA) for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Native Hawaiian Education (NHE) program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.362A. Since that time, Congress passed and the President signed the Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2020 (Act), which provides funding for the awards under this competition. For fiscal year (FY) 2020, the Act overrides the limitation in section 6205(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA), to provide that the 5 percent limitation on the use of funds for administrative purposes applies only to direct administrative costs. This document amends the NIA to clearly indicate that the administrative cost cap in ESEA section 6205(b) applies only to direct administrative costs for grants awarded using FY 2020 appropriations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; DCIA Aging and Compliance Data Requirements for Guaranty Agencies
Document Number: 2020-00862
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-21
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a new information collection.
National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting
Document Number: 2020-00794
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-21
Agency: Department of Education
This notice sets forth the agenda for a January 31, 2020 teleconference meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board (hereafter referred to as Governing Board).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Repayment Plan Selection Form
Document Number: 2020-00745
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-17
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Direct Grant Programs, State-Administered Formula Grant Programs, Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, and Strengthening Institutions Program
Document Number: 2019-26937
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-17
Agency: Department of Education
In response to the United States Supreme Court's decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer (2017), the United States Attorney General's October 6, 2017 Memorandum on Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty,and Executive Order 13831 (Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative), the Department proposes revising the current regulations regarding the eligibility of faith-based entities to participate in the Department's Direct Grant programs, State-Administered Formula Grant programs, and discretionary grant programs authorized under title III and V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and the eligibility of students to obtain certain benefits under those programs. Additionally, in response to E.O. 13864 (Improving Free Inquiry, Transparent, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities), the Department proposes to revise the current regulations to encourage institutions to foster environments that promote open, intellectually engaging, and diverse debate, including through compliance with the First Amendment for public institutions and compliance with stated institutional policies regarding freedom of speech, including academic freedom, for private institutions.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2020-00632
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
Document Number: 2020-00572
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Education
The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Subsidized Loans), Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Unsubsidized Loans), and Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Direct PLUS Loan) with first disbursement dates before July 1, 2006, and for Federal Direct Consolidation Loans (Direct Consolidation Loans) for which the application was received before February 1, 1999. The rates announced in this notice are in effect for the period July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.268.
Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the Federal Family Education Loan Program Prior to July 1, 2010
Document Number: 2020-00570
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Education
The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program that have variable interest rates. The rates announced in this notice are in effect for the period July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.032.
Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Fixed-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
Document Number: 2020-00569
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Education
The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Subsidized Loans), Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Unsubsidized Loans), and Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Direct PLUS Loans) made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program with first disbursement dates on or after July 1, 2019, and before July 1, 2020. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.268.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Federal Student Aid User Experience Design Research Generic Clearance
Document Number: 2020-00498
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a new information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Survey 2020-2022
Document Number: 2020-00460
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation
Document Number: 2020-00413
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) issues these final regulations to adjust the Department's civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for inflation. This adjustment is required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act), which amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (Inflation Adjustment Act). These final regulations provide the 2020 annual inflation adjustments being made to the penalty amounts in the Department's final regulations published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2019 (2019 final rule). This rule was previously reported as RIN 1801-AA19.
Applications for New Awards; Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program
Document Number: 2020-00374
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.016A. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1840- 0796.
Eligibility Designations and Applications for Waiving Eligibility Requirements; Programs Under Parts A and F of Title III and Programs Under Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended (HEA)
Document Number: 2020-00290
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Department of Education
On December 16, 2019, we published in the Federal Register a notice inviting applications for the waiver of eligibility requirements for fiscal year (FY) 2020 (Eligibility NIA) for programs authorized by Parts A and F of Title III and by Title V of the HEA. This notice revises (a) the Deadline for Transmittal of Applications and (b) information provided in Section I of the notice. All other requirements and conditions in the notice remain the same.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Targeted Teacher Shortage Areas Data Collection
Document Number: 2020-00281
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Migrant Education Program Regulations and Certificate of Eligibility
Document Number: 2020-00123
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Proposed Priorities-Competitive Grants for State Assessments
Document Number: 2019-28532
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-08
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education proposes priorities under the Competitive Grants for State Assessments (CGSA) program. The Assistant Secretary may use one or more of these priorities for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and later years. We take this action to focus Federal financial assistance related to student assessments on innovative assessments. We intend the priorities to increase the number of States using flexibility under the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) and to support high-quality work among those States that do so.
Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Programs; 2020-21 Award Year Deadline Dates
Document Number: 2019-28420
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary announces the 2020-21 award year deadline dates for the submission of requests and documents from postsecondary institutions for the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Program, Federal Work-Study (FWS), and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs (collectively, the ``Campus-Based programs''), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers 84.038, 84.033, and 84.007.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; 2019 Immediate Aid To Restart School Operations
Document Number: 2019-28229
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-31
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; 2019 Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students
Document Number: 2019-28227
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-31
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; 2016/20 Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B:16/20) Full-Scale Study
Document Number: 2019-28134
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-30
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Application for Borrower Defense to Loan Repayment Form
Document Number: 2019-28093
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-30
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Applications for New Awards; Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program
Document Number: 2019-27984
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-27
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications (NIA) for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.031S. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1840-0745.
National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity
Document Number: 2019-27803
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Education
This notice lists the members of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). This notice is required under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; EZ-Audit: Electronic Submission of Financial Statements and Compliance Audits
Document Number: 2019-27785
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Study of District and School Uses of Federal Education Funds
Document Number: 2019-27754
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a new information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Institutional Disclosures for Distance Education or Correspondence Programs
Document Number: 2019-27499
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-20
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; National Professional Development Program: Grantee Performance Report
Document Number: 2019-27383
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-19
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Student Assistance General Provisions-Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Document Number: 2019-27382
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-19
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities Program Performance Report
Document Number: 2019-27381
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-19
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Fiscal Operations Report for 2019-2020 and Application To Participate 2021-2022 (FISAP) and Reallocation Form
Document Number: 2019-27259
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-18
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Foreign Gifts and Contracts Disclosures
Document Number: 2019-27262
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-17
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to conduct an emergency review of a new information collection.
Applications for New Awards; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program
Document Number: 2019-27120
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-17
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.022A. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1840-0005.
Applications for New Awards; Student Support Services Program
Document Number: 2019-27115
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-17
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Student Support Services (SSS) Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.042A. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1840-0017.
Applications for New Awards; Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program
Document Number: 2019-27113
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-17
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.021A and 84.021B. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1840-0792.
Eligibility Designations and Applications for Waiving Eligibility Requirements; Programs Under Parts A and F of Title III and Programs Under Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended (HEA)
Document Number: 2019-27048
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-16
Agency: Department of Education
The Department announces the process for designation of eligible institutions and invites applications for waivers of eligibility requirements for fiscal year (FY) 2020, for the following programs: 1. Programs authorized under title III, part A of the HEA: Strengthening Institutions Program (Part A SIP), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (Part A ANNH), Predominantly Black Institutions (Part A PBI), Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (Part A NASNTI), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (Part A AANAPISI). 2. Programs authorized under title III, part F of the HEA: Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation (Part F, HSI STEM and Articulation), Predominantly Black Institutions (Part F PBI), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (Part F ANNH), Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (Part F NASNTI), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (Part F AANAPISI). Note: The authority to award new grants under section 371 of the HEA expired at the end of FY 2019. However, we will review applications for eligibility should Congress renew the Department's authority to award new grants under this section. 3. Programs authorized under title V of the HEA: Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA).
Applications for New Awards; Native Hawaiian Education Program
Document Number: 2019-26944
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-13
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Native Hawaiian Education (NHE) program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.362A. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1894-0006.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Formula Grant EASIE Electronic Application System for Indian Education
Document Number: 2019-26780
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-12
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Availability of Information to the Public
Document Number: 2019-26705
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-12
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (``Department'') issues a final rule amending its Availability of Information to the Public regulations to reflect amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (``FOIA'') made by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (``Improvement Act'') and a minor technical update. Among other things, the Improvement Act requires the Department to amend its FOIA regulations to extend the deadline for administrative appeals for FOIA decisions, add information on dispute resolution services, and amend the way the Department charges fees for FOIA requests.
Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Work-Study Programs, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program, Federal Pell Grant Program, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program, and Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
Document Number: 2019-25808
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-11
Agency: Department of Education
In response to the United States Supreme Court decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, and the United States Attorney General's October 7, 2017 Memorandum on Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty pursuant to Executive Order No. 13798, the Department of Education (Department) proposes revising the current regulations regarding the eligibility of faith-based entities to participate in the Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and the eligibility of students to obtain certain benefits under those programs. The Secretary is also proposing to simplify the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program requirements to minimize the number of TEACH Grants that are converted to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and to update, strengthen, and clarify other areas of the TEACH Grant Program regulations.
Proposed Priority and Requirements-Technical Assistance on State Data Collection-National Technical Assistance Center To Improve State Capacity To Collect, Report, Analyze, and Use Accurate IDEA Part B and Part C Fiscal Data
Document Number: 2019-26477
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-10
Agency: Department of Education
The mission of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the Nation. As such, the Department of Education (Department) proposes a funding priority and requirements under the Technical Assistance on State Data Collection program. The Department may use the proposed priority for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and later years. We take this action to focus attention on an identified national need to provide technical assistance (TA) to improve the capacity of States to meet the data collection requirements under Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The National Technical Assistance Center to Improve State Capacity to Collect, Report, Analyze, and Use Accurate IDEA Part B and Part C Fiscal Data (Fiscal Data Center) would support States in collecting, reporting, and determining how to best analyze and use their IDEA Part B and C fiscal data to establish and meet high expectations for each child with a disability and would customize its TA to meet each State's specific needs.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; GEPA Section 427 Guidance for All Grant Applications
Document Number: 2019-26306
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-06
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Student Assistance General Provisions-Subpart J-Approval of Independently Administered Tests
Document Number: 2019-26080
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-03
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Borrower Defenses Regulations
Document Number: 2019-26026
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-02
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Cash Management Contract URL Collection
Document Number: 2019-25945
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-02
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; National Teacher and Principal Survey of 2020-2021 (NTPS 2020-21)
Document Number: 2019-25896
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-29
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Applications for New Awards; High School Equivalency Program
Document Number: 2019-25893
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-29
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the High School Equivalency Program (HEP), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.141A. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1894-0006.
Applications for New Awards; College Assistance Migrant Program
Document Number: 2019-25892
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-29
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.149A. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1894-0006.