Department of Education 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests
Document Number: E8-31177
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Department of Education
The Leader, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Office of Postsecondary Education; Notice of Negotiated Rulemaking for Programs Authorized Under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended
Document Number: E8-31176
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Department of Education
We announce our intention to establish five 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 request nominations for individual negotiators who represent key stakeholder constituencies that are involved in the student financial assistance and grant programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA to serve on these committees.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-31164
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Department of Education
The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-30966
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Department of Education
The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-30806
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Department of Education
The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research-Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program-Disability Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs)
Document Number: E8-30702
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces two priorities for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The Assistant Secretary may use one or more of these priorities for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2009 and later years. We take this action to focus research attention on areas of national need. We intend these priorities to improve rehabilitation services and outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Grant Program
Document Number: E8-30578
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools proposes priorities and requirements for the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) grant program. The Assistant Deputy Secretary may use one or more of these priorities or requirements for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2009 and later years. The REMS program was established in FY 2003 to provide resources to local educational agencies (LEAs) to supportimproving and enhancing emergency management plans. Since the initial competition, the program has undergone several program refinements designed to respond to changes in the emergency management field and the identification of key emergency management priorities. In an effort to continue to refine the REMS program, we are publishing these revised priorities and requirements. We propose this action in order to focus Federal financial assistance on supporting grants that will increase the capacity of LEAs to prevent and mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. This action is also intended to focus funding on LEAs that have not previously received funding under this program and to establish other core program requirements.
Teaching American History Grant Program
Document Number: E8-30553
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement announces selection criteria under the Teaching American History Grant (TAH) Program. The Assistant Secretary may use these selection criteria for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2009 and later years. We take this action to provide the Secretary with the flexibility to use selection criteria (i) Established for the TAH Program in the notice of final selection criteria and other application requirements, published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2005 (70 FR 19939) (2005 Notice); (ii) from the menu of general selection criteria in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 75.210; (iii) based on statutory provisions in accordance with 34 CFR 75.209; or (iv) from any combination of (i) through (iii) for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2009 and in subsequent years. We intend that this choice of selection criteria will provide greater flexibility to evaluate TAH Program applications.
Title I-Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Document Number: E8-30552
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education is correcting a final regulation that was published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2008 (73 FR 64436). The final regulations clarified and strengthened the Title I regulations in the areas of assessment, accountability, public school choice, and supplemental educational services.
Arbitration Panel Decision Under the Randolph-Sheppard Act
Document Number: E8-30551
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) gives notice that on August 20, 2008, an arbitration panel rendered a decision in the matter of Dwayne Zuppardo v. Louisiana Department of Social Services, Rehabilitation Services, Case no. R-S/06-5. This panel was convened by the Department under 20 U.S.C. 107d-1(a), after the Department received a complaint filed by the petitioner, Dwayne Zuppardo.
National Board for Education Sciences
Document Number: E8-30459
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Department of Education
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming open meeting of the National Board for Education Sciences. The notice also describes the functions of the Committee. Notice of this meeting is required by Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend.
President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Document Number: E8-30254
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Department of Education
The notice sets forth the schedule and agenda of the meeting of the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of the meeting is required by Section 10 (a) (2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and intended to notify the public of its opportunity to attend. Due to scheduling difficulties, this notice is appearing in the Federal Register less than 15 days prior to the meeting date.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests
Document Number: E8-30211
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Department of Education
The Leader, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-30078
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: Department of Education
The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP)
Document Number: E8-30009
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Department of the Treasury, Department of Education
On December 2, 2008, the Department of Education, the Department of the Treasury, and the Office of Management and Budget (collectively, ``Secretaries and Director'') jointly published a notice in the Federal Register (73 FR 73263) announcing the terms and conditions under which the Department will purchase loans pursuant to section 459A of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), enacted by the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-227) and amended by Public Law 110-315 and Public Law 110- 350 (December 2 Notice). The terms and conditions announced in the December 2 Notice apply to the purchase of Federal Family Education Loan Program (``FFELP'') loans made for the 2007-2008 academic year (the ``Short-term Purchase Program''). Included as an appendix to the December 2 Notice was the Master Loan Sale Agreement under which these purchases will be made. This notice makes three corrections to the December 2 Notice.
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)-Special Focus Competition: U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program
Document Number: E8-29981
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Department of Education
We extend the Deadline for Transmittal of Applications and Deadline for Intergovernmental Review dates in the notice published on November 13, 2008 (73 FR 67137).
National Assessment Governing Board; Proposed Information Collection
Document Number: E8-29699
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-16
Agency: Department of Education
The National Assessment Governing Board, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the Governing Board is soliciting comments concerning a survey of higher education institutions it is conducting in connection with designing the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to report on the preparedness of 12th grade students for placement into entry-level college-credit coursework.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-29681
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-16
Agency: Department of Education
The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
The Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program
Document Number: E8-29378
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-11
Agency: Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is seeking proposals from businesses interested in applying to serve as the ``designated bonding authority'' (DBA) under the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Capital Financing Program, authorized under Title III, Part D of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). This notice describes the duties of the DBA, the selection criteria to be used to select the DBA, the selection process, and the process for submitting proposals.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests
Document Number: E8-29318
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-11
Agency: Department of Education
The Leader, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests
Document Number: E8-29317
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-11
Agency: Department of Education
The Leader, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-29316
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-11
Agency: Department of Education
The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests
Document Number: E8-29180
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
Agency: Department of Education
The Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests
Document Number: E8-29179
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
Agency: Department of Education
The Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Document Number: E8-28864
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-09
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary amends our regulations implementing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which is section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act. These amendments are needed to implement a provision of the USA Patriot Act and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, which added new exceptions permitting the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records without consent. The amendments also implement two U.S. Supreme Court decisions interpreting FERPA, and make necessary changes identified as a result of the Department's experience administering FERPA and the current regulations. These changes clarify permissible disclosures to parents of eligible students and conditions that apply to disclosures in health and safety emergencies; clarify permissible disclosures of student identifiers as directory information; allow disclosures to contractors and other outside parties in connection with the outsourcing of institutional services and functions; revise the definitions of attendance, disclosure, education records, personally identifiable information, and other key terms; clarify permissible redisclosures by State and Federal officials; and update investigation and enforcement provisions.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-28891
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-08
Agency: Department of Education
The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-28889
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-08
Agency: Department of Education
The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-28770
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Department of Education
The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests
Document Number: E8-28765
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Department of Education
The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP)
Document Number: E8-28632
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-02
Agency: Management and Budget Office, Department of the Treasury, Department of Education
Under the authority of section 459A of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (``HEA''), as enacted by the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-227) and amended by Pub. L. 110-315 and Pub. L. 110-350, the Department of Education (``Department'') may purchase, or enter into forward commitments to purchase, Federal Family Education Loan Program (``FFELP'') loans made under sections 428 (subsidized Stafford loans), 428B (PLUS loans), or 428H (unsubsidized Stafford loans) of the HEA, on such terms as the Secretary of Education (``Secretary''), the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (collectively, ``Secretaries and Director'') jointly determine are ``in the best interest of the United States'' and ``shall not result in any net cost to the Federal Government (including the cost of servicing the loans purchased).'' The Secretary initially exercised this authority in accordance with a notice published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2008 (73 FR 37422). This notice (a) establishes the terms and conditions that will govern certain additional loan purchases made under section 459A of the HEA, as extended by Pub. L. 110-350 (Short-term Purchase Program), (b) outlines the methodology and factors that have been considered in evaluating the price at which the Department will purchase these additional FFELP loans, and (c) describes how the use of those factors and methodology will ensure that the additional loan purchases do not result in any net cost to the Federal Government. The Secretaries and Director concur in the publication of this notice and have jointly determined that the purchase of additional loans as described in this notice is in the best interest of the United States and shall not result in any net cost to the Federal Government (including the cost of servicing the loans purchased).
National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting
Document Number: E8-28547
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-02
Agency: Department of Education
The notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming closed teleconference meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board. This notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of this meeting is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-28534
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-02
Agency: Department of Education
The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Notice Inviting Proposals for Ownership and Operation of the Online English Literacy Portal, “U.S.A. Learns Web Portal”
Document Number: E8-28478
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-01
Agency: Department of Education
The President announced, as one of his initiatives to address border security and immigration challenges in the United States, a plan to have the U.S. Department of Education (Department) develop and launch a free, web-based portal to help immigrants learn English to help them expand their opportunities and make effective contributions to American society. To implement the President's plan, the Department's Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), as authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and through a contract, has developed and created the U.S.A. Learns Web Portal, an online learning environment designed for limited English proficient (LEP) adults whose level of English proficiency is at a low level. The portal was launched on November 7, 2008, on the Internet and is available for use by the public at no cost. The portal is available at the following Web address: http://www.usalearns.org. The Department plans to turn over ownership and operation of the portal to one or more entities outside of the Federal Government that would, with its or their own resources, continue the maintenance and upkeep of the portal, make improvements to it, and continue to make the portal available at no cost to the public. Through this notice, we are inviting proposals from entities interested in owning and operating the portal.
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Advisory Board
Document Number: E8-28444
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-01
Agency: Department of Education
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming open meeting of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Advisory Board (Board). The notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of this meeting is required by Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend.
Assistance to States for the Education of Children With Disabilities and Preschool Grants for Children With Disabilities
Document Number: E8-28175
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-01
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary issues final regulations governing the Assistance to States for Education of Children with Disabilities Program and the Preschool Grants for Children with Disabilities Program. These regulations are needed to clarify and strengthen current regulations in 34 CFR Part 300 governing the Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities Program and Preschool Grants for Children with Disabilities Program, as published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2006, in the areas of parental consent for continued special education and related services; non-attorney representation in due process hearings; State monitoring, technical assistance, and enforcement; and allocation of funds. The regulations also incorporate a statutory requirement relating to positive efforts to employ and advance in employment individuals with disabilities that was inadvertently omitted from the 2006 regulations.
Title I-Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Document Number: E8-28266
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-28
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education is correcting a final regulation that was published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2008 (73 FR 64436). The final regulations clarified and strengthened the Title I regulations in the areas of assessment, accountability, public school choice, and supplemental educational services.