Department of Education July 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Final Definitions, Requirements, and Selection Criteria; Charter Schools Program (CSP)-Charter School Exemplary Collaboration Awards
Document Number: 2012-18573
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-30
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement announces final definitions, requirements, and selection criteria under the Charter Schools ProgramCharter School Exemplary Collaboration Awards (Collaboration Awards). The Assistant Deputy Secretary may use one or more of these definitions, requirements, and selection criteria for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We take this action to create incentives for high-quality charter schools to collaborate with non-chartered public schools and non-chartered local educational agencies (LEAs) to share and transfer best educational and operational practices at the elementary and secondary school levels; and disseminate information about these collaborations nationwide.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Postsecondary Education; Talent Search (TS) Annual Performance Report
Document Number: 2012-18320
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-26
Agency: Department of Education
The Talent Search program provides Federal financial assistance in the form of discretionary grants to to help youth from disadvantaged backgrounds complete secondary education and enroll in and complete programs of postsecondary education; and to publicize the availability of, and facilitate the application for, student financial assistance for persons who seek to pursue postsecondary education. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is requesting approval of a new TS Annual Performance Report (APR) form to collect annual performance data from projects funded by TS program grants.
Equity and Excellence Commission; Meeting
Document Number: 2012-18306
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-26
Agency: Department of Education
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an up-coming meeting of the Equity and Excellence Commission (Commission). The notice also describes the functions of the Commission. Notice of this meeting is required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend.
Applications for New Awards; State-Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) Pilot Grant Competition; Reopening the Fiscal Year 2012 Competition
Document Number: 2012-18304
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-26
Agency: Department of Education
On May 29, 2012, we published in the Federal Register (77 FR 31592) a notice inviting applications for the FY 2012 STEP Pilot Grant Competition. That notice established a July 13, 2012, deadline for transmittal of applications. We are reopening the competition for eligible applicants. Applications are due August 9, 2012.
American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program; Proposed Waivers and Extensions of the Project Periods
Document Number: 2012-18078
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-25
Agency: Department of Education
For 60-month projects initially funded in fiscal year (FY) 2007 under the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) Program, the Department proposes to waive the regulations that generally limit project periods to 60 months and that restrict project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. The Department also proposes to extend the project period until September 30, 2013, for the AIVRS grantees whose awards are scheduled to expire on September 30, 2012. The proposed waivers and extensions would enable the eight AIVRS grantees in the FY 2007 funding cohort to request and continue to receive Federal funding beyond the 60-month limitation contained in the Department's regulations, so long as the grantees are meeting the AIVRS program and other applicable requirements. Further, if the proposed waivers and extensions are made final, the Department would not announce a new competition in FY 2012 or make new awards in FY 2012.
Applications for New Awards; Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program (CFDA 84.215G); Correction
Document Number: 2012-18089
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-24
Agency: Department of Education
On July 11, 2012, we published in the Federal Register (77 FR 40866) a notice inviting applications for new awards using fiscal year (FY) 2012 funds for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program (2012 notice). The 2012 notice erroneously listed deadline dates for intergovernmental review under Executive Order 12372 and its implementing regulations in 34 CFR part 79. The Secretary had decided to waive the EO 12372 review of the July 11, 2012 notice, as authorized under part 79, but the notice did not reflect that decision. The Secretary made the decision to waive this review because we would otherwise not be able to make timely grant awards for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program for FY 2012. We are correcting the 2012 notice to remove the requirement that applicants submit their applications for intergovernmental review.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program General Forbearance Request
Document Number: 2012-18023
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-24
Agency: Department of Education
Borrowers who receive loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program will use this form to request forbearance on their loans when they are willing but unable to make their currently scheduled monthly payments because of a temporary financial hardship.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Needs Assessment, Workplan, and Evaluation Guide for the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Program
Document Number: 2012-18020
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-24
Agency: Department of Education
Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Centers are required to conduct needs assessment of state vocational rehabilitation agencies and their partners in their regions, create workplans to address the needs they identify, and evaluate the technical assistance and continuing education provided to address those needs. This guide establishes the requirements for the information to be reported about those activities.
National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting
Document Number: 2012-17802
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-23
Agency: Department of Education
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda for the upcoming meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board (Board) and also describes the specific functions of the Board. Notice of this meeting is required under Section 10 (a) (2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This notice is issued to provide members of the general public with an opportunity to attend and/or provide comments. Individuals who will need special accommodations in order to attend the meeting (e.g., interpreting services, assistive listening devices, materials in alternative format) should notify Munira Mwalimu at 202- 357-6938 or at Munira.Mwalimu@ed.gov no later than July 27, 2012. We will attempt to meet requests after this date but cannot guarantee availability of the requested accommodation. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection RequestsNPEFS 2011-2014: Common Core of Data (CCD) National Public Education Financial Survey
Document Number: 2012-17743
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-20
Agency: Department of Education
The National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS) is an annual collection of state-level finance data which provides function expenditures by salaries, benefits, purchased services, and supplies, and includes Federal, State, and local revenues by source.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Postsecondary Education; Application for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) College Savings Account Research Demonstration Project
Document Number: 2012-17662
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Department of Education
GEAR UP is a discretionary grant program which encourages applicants to provide support and maintain a commitment to eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities, to assist the students in obtaining a secondary school diploma and preparing for and succeeding in postsecondary education. This GEAR UP project is designed to determine the effectiveness of pairing federally supported college savings accounts with GEAR UP activities as part of an overall college access and success strategy.
Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance: Meeting
Document Number: 2012-17543
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Department of Education
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming open teleconference meeting of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. This notice also describes the functions of the Advisory Committee. Notice of this meeting is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This document is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to attend.
Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
Document Number: 2012-15888
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary proposes to amend the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) program, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) program regulations. The proposed regulations would implement a new Income Contingent Repayment (ICR) plan in the Direct Loan program based on the President's ``Pay As You Earn'' repayment initiative, incorporate recent statutory changes to the Income Based Repayment (IBR) plan in the Direct Loan and FFEL programs, and streamline and add clarity to the total and permanent disability discharge process for borrowers in the title IV, HEA loan programs. The proposed regulations implementing a new ICR Plan and the statutory changes to the IBR plan would assist borrowers in repaying their loans while the proposed changes to the total and permanent disability discharge process would reduce burden for borrowers who are disabled and seeking a discharge of their title IV debt.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2012-17310
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-16
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act), the Department of Education (Department) deletes one system of records from its existing inventory of systems of records subject to the Privacy Act.
Final Priority; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation and Developing Strategies To Meet Employer Needs in Changing Economic Environments
Document Number: 2012-17186
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-13
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a priority for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program administered by NIDRR. Specifically, this priority is for an RRTC on VR and developing strategies to meet employer needs in changing economic environments. The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We take this action to focus research attention on areas of national need. We intend this priority to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
Notice Reopening the Request for Information (RFI) To Gather Technical Expertise Pertaining to the Disaggregation of Asian and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Student Data
Document Number: 2012-17185
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-13
Agency: Department of Education
On May 4, 2012, we published in the Federal Register (77 FR 26531) an RFI that established a July 3, 2012, deadline for the submission of written comments. We are reopening the public comment period to give interested parties additional time to submit written comments.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); 2013-2014 Award Year
Document Number: 2012-17038
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-12
Agency: Department of Education
For each award year, the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register a notice announcing the FAFSA information that an institution and an applicant may be required to verify. The notice also specifies what documentation is acceptable to the Secretary for verifying FAFSA information. Through this notice, the Secretary announces for the 2013-2014 award year the FAFSA information subject to, and the documentation acceptable for, verification.
Notice Reopening the Request for Information (RFI) on Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth
Document Number: 2012-17035
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-12
Agency: Department of Education
On June 4, 2012, we published in the Federal Register (77 FR 32959) an RFI that established a July 5, 2012, deadline for the submission of written comments. We are reopening the public comment period to give interested parties additional time to submit written comments.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Postsecondary Education; Survey of Post-Graduate Outcomes for International Education Fellowship Recipients
Document Number: 2012-16981
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-12
Agency: Department of Education
This survey will focus on the post-graduate outcomes of students who received international education fellowships.
Federal Pell Grant Program; Correction
Document Number: 2012-16929
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary of Education is correcting the Federal Pell Grant Program interim final rule published in the Federal Register on May 2, 2012 (77 FR 25893). We waived rulemaking and the delayed effective date under the Administrative Procedure Act in this interim final rule, but we did not expressly waive the 60-day time period for a major rule to become effective under the Congressional Review Act. Through this document, we correct this omission. We do not change any other aspect of the interim final rule, and its regulatory text remains unchanged.
Applications for New Awards; Veterans Upward Bound Program
Document Number: 2012-16839
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-10
Agency: Department of Education
Final Priority: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program; Disability Rehabilitation Research Project; Employment of Individuals With Disabilities
Document Number: 2012-16835
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-10
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a priority for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Specifically, this notice announces a priority for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities. The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for a competition in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We take this action to focus research attention on areas of national need.
Applications for New Awards: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program; Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects; Burn Model Systems Centers; Correction
Document Number: 2012-16831
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-10
Agency: Department of Education
On June 20, 2012, we published in the Federal Register (77 FR 37012) a notice inviting applications for new awards for FY 2012 under Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program Disability and Rehabilitation Research ProjectsBurn Model Systems Centers (CFDA 84.133A-3). In one location, we misstated the deadline for the transmittal of applications. This document corrects that error. We make no other changes to the notice.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Institute of Education Sciences; Pell Grant Experiments Study
Document Number: 2012-16830
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-10
Agency: Department of Education
The Pell Grant Experiments evaluation is a two-part, five-year demonstration study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on the effects of expanded access to Pell grants on students' employment and earnings. The primary outcome of interest is (1) The employment status and earnings of students who participate in the study while secondary outcomes include (2) students' experiences with and participation in education and training, (3) measures of student debt and financial aid, and (4) the extent of participation in job search assistance services.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Institute of Education Sciences; Implementation of Title I/II Program Initiatives
Document Number: 2012-16826
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-10
Agency: Department of Education
This evaluation will examine the implementation of core policies promoted by Title I and Title II at the state district, and school levels in four areas: content standards, assessments, accountability, and effective teachers and leaders.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Institute of Education Sciences; FAFSA Completion Project Evaluation
Document Number: 2012-16424
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-05
Agency: Department of Education
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is conducting a rigorous study of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Project. The project will provide 80 Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) or school districts with access to data on whether specific students have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development; Evaluation of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program
Document Number: 2012-16305
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-03
Agency: Department of Education
The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) supports a variety of projects that encourage fitness and healthy lifestyle choices among K-12 students. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is interested in gaining a thorough understanding of what PEP projects experience related to two new program competitive preference priorities: The establishment of official partnerships and the collection and use of body mass index (BMI) measurements.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Grantee Reporting Form-Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Annual Payback Report
Document Number: 2012-16186
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-02
Agency: Department of Education
The Annual Payback Report collects data on the status of ``current'' and ``exited'' RSA scholars who are/were the recipients of scholarships. The information collected will provide performance data relevant to the rehabilitation fields and degrees pursued by RSA scholars, as well as the fund owed and the rehabilitation work completed by them.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Case Service Report (Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)-911)
Document Number: 2012-16184
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-02
Agency: Department of Education
The Case Service Report (RSA-911) is an annual report of demographic and caseload information, including financial information, related to all individuals who have exited the State Vocational Rehabilitation Service Program (VR program).
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Annual Vocational Rehabilitation Program/Cost Report (Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)-2)
Document Number: 2012-16179
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-02
Agency: Department of Education
The Annual Vocational Rehabilitation Program/Cost Report, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)-2 collects data on the vocational rehabilitation (VR) and supported employment (SE) program activities for agencies funded under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act).