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Office of Postsecondary Education; Solicitation of Third-Party Comments Concerning the Performance of Accrediting Agencies
Document Number: 2018-03686
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-22
Agency: Department of Education
On January 24, 2018, we published in the Federal Register a notice of a call for written third-party comments. That notice provided information to members of the public on submitting written comments with respect to accrediting agencies currently undergoing review for purposes of recognition by the Secretary of Education. That notice established a comment period beginning on January 24, 2018, and closing on February 16, 2018. Pursuant to a recent court order, we are extending the public comment period until March 1, 2018, for the submission of comments on the application of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) for initial recognition and the compliance report submitted by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Program for International Student Assessment (PISA 2018) Main Study
Document Number: 2018-03564
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-22
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 Student Information Exchange User Application Form
Document Number: 2018-03561
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-22
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Request for Information on Evaluating Undue Hardship Claims in Adversary Actions Seeking Student Loan Discharge in Bankruptcy Proceedings
Document Number: 2018-03537
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-21
Agency: Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) seeks to ensure that the congressional mandate to except student loans from bankruptcy discharge except in cases of undue hardship is appropriately implemented while also ensuring that borrowers for whom repayment of their student loans would be an undue hardship are not inadvertently discouraged from filing an adversary proceeding in their bankruptcy case. Accordingly, the Department is requesting public comment on factors to be considered in evaluating undue hardship claims asserted by student loan borrowers in adversary proceedings filed in bankruptcy cases, the weight to be given to such factors, whether the existence of two tests for evaluation of undue hardship claims results in inequities among borrowers seeking undue hardship discharge, and how all of these, and potentially additional, considerations should weigh into whether an undue hardship claim should be conceded by the loan holder.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Consolidated State Performance Report Part I and Part II
Document Number: 2018-03521
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-21
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; 2008/18 Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B: 08/18) Full-Scale
Document Number: 2018-03519
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-21
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Programs; 2018-2019 Award Year Deadline Dates; Correction
Document Number: 2018-03424
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-20
Agency: Department of Education
On January 3, 2018, we published in the Federal Register (83 FR 356) a notice announcing the 2018-2019 award year deadline dates for the submission of requests and documents from postsecondary institutions for the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study (FWS), and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs (collectively, the ``campus-based programs'') (January 3, 2018 Notice). This notice corrects the zip code for submitting requests and documents by overnight delivery from 14304 to 14302. All other information in the January 3, 2018 Notice remains the same.
Application Deadline for Fiscal Year 2018; Small, Rural School Achievement Program
Document Number: 2018-03419
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-20
Agency: Department of Education
Under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CDFA) number 84.358A, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) awards grants on a formula basis to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the unique needs of rural school districts. In this notice, we establish the deadline and describe the submission procedures for fiscal year (FY) 2018 SRSA grant applications. All LEAs eligible for FY 2018 SRSA funds must submit an application electronically via Grants.gov by the deadline in this notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Assurance of Compliance-Civil Rights Certificate
Document Number: 2018-03334
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-20
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-03276
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-16
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act), the Department of Education (Department) modifies in its inventory of system of records notices subject to the Privacy Act the system of records entitled ``Departmental Parking Control Policy'' (18- 05-01). The Departmental Parking Control Policy contains individually identifying information provided by individuals who wish to use parking spaces on Department-managed and Department-controlled property and on property assigned to the Department by the General Services Administration or any other Federal agency.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-03254
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-16
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act) (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Department of Education (Department or ED) publishes this notice of a modified system of records entitled ``Student Loan Repayment Benefits Case Files'' (18-05-15). The system contains records related to employees and job candidates who are being considered for student loan repayment benefits under the Department's Human Capital Policy 537-1 entitled ``Student Loan Repayment Program,'' as well as individuals who have been approved for and are receiving such benefits. The information maintained in the system of records entitled ``Student Loan Repayment Benefits Case Files'' consists of one or more of the following: Request letters from selecting officials or supervisors with supporting documentation; employees' and job candidates' names, home and work addresses, Social Security numbers, student loan account numbers, loan balances, repayment schedules, repayment histories, and repayment status; the loan holders' names, addresses, and telephone numbers; and a signed written service agreement in which an employee or job candidate agrees to complete a specified period of employment with ED. The information that will be maintained in the modified system of records will be collected through various sources, including directly from the individual to whom the information applies, officials of the Department, and official Department documents. The Department published a notice of a modified system of records in the Federal Register on December 23, 2016 (81 FR 94353). The Department is hereby modifying that notice, and is republishing it in full.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Work Colleges Expenditure Report
Document Number: 2018-03242
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-16
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; Work Colleges Application and Agreement
Document Number: 2018-03241
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-16
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; Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory
Document Number: 2018-03240
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-16
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, and Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program
Document Number: 2018-03090
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-14
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary delays, until July 1, 2019, the effective date of selected provisions of the final regulations entitled Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, and Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (the 2016 final regulations), published in the Federal Register on November 1, 2016. The Secretary is delaying the 2016 final regulations to ensure that there is adequate time to conduct negotiated rulemaking and develop revised regulations. The provisions for which the effective date is being delayed are listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. The original effective date of the 2016 final regulations, published November 1, 2016, was July 1, 2017. The effective date was delayed by a document issued under section 705 of the Administrative Procedure Act (the 705 Document). The Department announced in an interim final rule (IFR) issued on October 24, 2017, that, under the Department's interpretation of the Higher Education Act, the effective date could be no earlier than July 1, 2018.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; OSERS Peer Review Data Form
Document Number: 2018-02971
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-14
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Quarterly Cumulative Caseload Report
Document Number: 2018-02970
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-14
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; Survey of Postgraduate Outcomes for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program (Survey)
Document Number: 2018-02959
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-14
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection.
Eligibility Designations and Applications for Waiver of Eligibility Requirements; Programs Under Parts A and F of Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended (HEA), and Programs Under Title V of the HEA
Document Number: 2018-02955
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-14
Agency: Department of Education
The Department announces the process for designation of eligible institutions and invites applications for waiver of eligibility requirements for fiscal year (FY) 2018, for the following programs: 1. Programs authorized under Part A, Title III 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 Part F, Title III 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). 3. Programs authorized under Title V of the HEA: Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA).
National Assessment Governing Board Quarterly Board Meeting
Document Number: 2018-02810
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-12
Agency: Department of Education
This notice sets forth the agenda for the March 1-3, 2018 Quarterly Board Meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board (hereafter referred to as Governing Board). This notice provides information to members of the public who may be interested in attending the meeting or providing written comments related to the work of the Governing Board. Notice of this meeting is required under Sec. 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) Program Application (1894-0001)
Document Number: 2018-02753
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-12
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; Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Document Number: 2018-02678
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-12
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs
Document Number: 2018-02558
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-12
Agency: Department of Education
As part of a broader effort to reduce barriers for applicants seeking funds under a Department of Education (Department) discretionary grant competition, the Department is issuing a common set of instructions for applicants. It will be referenced in individual notices inviting applications (NIAs). The common instructions will ensure consistency, reduce burden on Department staff, and improve the Department's ability to provide potential applicants with timely information about Department programs and competitions.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; College Affordability and Transparency Explanation Form (CATEF) 2018-2020
Document Number: 2018-02607
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-09
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 2017-2018 and Application To Participate 2019-2020 (FISAP) and Reallocation Form
Document Number: 2018-02579
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-09
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; U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Nominee Presentation Form
Document Number: 2018-02576
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-09
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; Privacy Act Request Form
Document Number: 2018-02575
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-09
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; Implementation of Title I/II Program Initiatives
Document Number: 2018-02561
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-09
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Application for Flexibility for Equitable Per-Pupil Funding
Document Number: 2018-02421
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-07
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction of 1995, ED is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to conduct an emergency review of a new information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; SEA and LEA Self-Assessment and Monitoring Protocol
Document Number: 2018-02259
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-05
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a new information collection.
Applications for New Awards; Native American Career and Technical Education Program
Document Number: 2018-02246
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-05
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for the Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.101A.
Tests Determined To Be Suitable for Use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education
Document Number: 2018-02237
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-05
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary announces tests, test forms, and delivery formats that the Secretary determines to be suitable for use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (TEACH Grant Program) Agreement To Serve
Document Number: 2018-02232
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-05
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; Campus Safety and Security Survey
Document Number: 2018-02141
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-02
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Application for New Awards; Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies
Document Number: 2018-02023
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-01
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.060A.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Charter School Facilities Survey
Document Number: 2018-01607
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-29
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Proposed Waiver and Extension of the Project Period; DC Opportunity Scholarship Program
Document Number: 2018-01307
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-24
Agency: Department of Education
For projects funded under the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), the Secretary proposes to waive the requirements of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations that generally prohibit project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. A waiver would allow the three-year grant funded with fiscal year (FY) 2015 funds under the OSP to be continued beyond its original project period with FY 2018 and FY 2019 funds.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Third Party Perjury Form
Document Number: 2018-01233
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-24
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Office of Postsecondary Education; Solicitation of Third-Party Comments Concerning the Performance of Accrediting Agencies
Document Number: 2018-01220
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-24
Agency: Department of Education
This notice provides information to members of the public on submitting written comments for accrediting agencies currently undergoing review for purposes of recognition by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Lender's Application Process (LAP)
Document Number: 2018-01000
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-22
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; Lead of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Network: Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice Program
Document Number: 2018-00998
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-22
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for a new award for fiscal year (FY) 2018 to fund the Lead of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Network under the Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.305N.
Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Delay of the Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects
Document Number: 2018-00997
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-01-22
Agency: Agency for International Development, Agencies and Commissions, Department of Transportation, Social Security Administration, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs
In a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised policy, reflected in both final rules, is described here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' The 2018 Requirements are scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). This interim final rule delays the effective date and general compliance date of the 2018 Requirements to July 19, 2018. The federal departments and agencies listed in this document are in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the 2018 Requirements. The limited implementation delay accomplished by this interim final rule both provides additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements, and additional time for the departments and agencies listed in this document to seek input from interested stakeholders through a notice and comment rulemaking process that allows for public engagement on the proposal for a further implementation delay.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Eligibility Regulations
Document Number: 2018-00921
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-19
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; Impact Study of Federally-Funded Magnet Schools
Document Number: 2018-00655
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-17
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; Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) 109: Teachers' Use of Technology for School and Homework Assignments-Preliminary Activities
Document Number: 2018-00638
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-17
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection.
Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation
Document Number: 2018-00614
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-01-16
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) issues these final regulations to adjust the Department's civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for inflation. An initial ``catch-up'' adjustment was 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 2018 annual inflation adjustments being made to the penalty amounts in the Department's final regulations published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2017 (2017 final rule).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Evaluation of the Investing in Innovation (i3) Program
Document Number: 2018-00554
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-16
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and Independent Living Programs, Outdated, Superseded Regulations
Document Number: 2018-00475
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-01-12
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary removes outdated, superseded regulations for five programs no longer administered by the Department: The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, the Research Fellowships program, the Special Projects and Demonstrations for Spinal Cord Injuries program, the State Independent Living Services program, and the Centers for Independent Living program. In 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act transferred these programs to the Department of Health and Human Services, which has adopted regulations for them.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; The Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program Application
Document Number: 2018-00175
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-09
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection.