Notice of Membership of the Performance Review Board
On August 30, 2012, the Office of Management in the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register (77 FR 52707) a notice announcing the members of the Performance Review Board (PRB) for the Department of Education for the Senior Executive Service (SES) (August PRB notice). Under 5 U.S.C. 4314(c)(1) through (c)(5), each agency is required to establish one or more PRBs. This notice corrects the list of members included in the August PRB notice.
Race to the Top-District
The Secretary reopens the Race to the TopDistrict competition to extend the deadline for submitting applications. Hurricane Sandy prevented many applicants from submitting their applications by the October 30, 2012, deadline. The hurricane also closed Federal Government offices in Washington, DC, on October 29 and 30, 2012. The Department, therefore, could not receive applications on those days. For local educational agencies located in States affected by Hurricane Sandy and for which the President has issued a major disaster declaration or an emergency declaration, the new deadline is 4:30 p.m. Washington, DC time on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. For local educational agencies everywhere else, the new deadline is 4:30 p.m. Washington, DC time on Friday, November 2, 2012.
Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
The Secretary amends the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) program, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) program regulations. These final regulations 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 (TPD) discharge process for borrowers in loan programs under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). These final regulations implementing a new ICR plan and the statutory changes to the IBR plan will assist borrowers in repaying their loans while the changes to the TPD discharge process will reduce burden for borrowers who are disabled and seeking a discharge of their title IV debt.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Federal Student Aid; Student Assistance General Provisions-Student Right-to-Know
Section 485 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) authorizes the administration of the Student Right-to-Know (SRK) regulations. The implementing regulations are in 34 CFR 668.41 and 668.45 and relate to the retention, placement and post-graduate study by students at an institution.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Postsecondary Education; Secretary's Recognition of Accrediting Agencies
The information collected is required to determine if an accrediting agency complies with the Secretary of Education's Criteria for Recognition and is used to allow the Secretary to make determinations on extending and/or continuing recognitions.
National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI)
This meeting notice is an update to the previous notice published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2012 (77 FR 49786) and sets forth the time and location for the December 11-12, 2012 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). Meeting Date and Place: The NACIQI meeting will be held on December 11, 2012, from approximately 10:30 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. and on December 12, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW., Washington DC 20008. Reasonable Accommodations: The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you will need an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting (e.g., interpreting service, assistive listening device, or materials in an alternate format), notify the contact person listed in this notice at least two weeks before the scheduled meeting date. Although we will attempt to meet a request received after that date, we may not be able to make available the requested auxiliary aid or service because of insufficient time to arrange it.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Institute of Education Sciences; 2012/14 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study: (BPS:12/14) Field Test
The 2012/14 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:12/14), conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is designed to follow a cohort of students who enroll in postsecondary education for the first time during the 2011- 2012 academic year, irrespective of date of high school completion. The study collects data on student persistence in, and completion of, postsecondary education programs; their transition to employment; demographic characteristics; and changes over time in their goals, marital status, income, and debt, among other measures.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Postsecondary Education; Annual Performance Report for the Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Programs
The GEAR UP annual performance report asks for information specific to the budget year for which the report is being submitted. The final performance report asks for information specific to the last budget year of the grant, and also requires the grantee to update the enrollment and graduation data of all students who have participated in a GEAR UP program at any time during the project period.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records-Impact Evaluation of Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 552a (Privacy Act), the Department of Education (Department) publishes this notice of a new system of records entitled ``Impact Evaluation of Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants'' (18-13- 32). The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Department's Institute of Education Sciences awarded a contract in September 2010 to Mathematica Policy Research to conduct an implementation and impact evaluation of two of the Department's grant programs: Race to the Top and Title I School Improvement Grants. The system of records will contain records on students in tested grades from approximately 61 school districts in 21 states and the District of Columbia, and will be used to conduct the study.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records-Principal Investigator/Application File and Associated Records
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act), the Department of Education (Department) publishes this notice of a new system of records entitled ``Institute of Education Sciences Principal Investigator/Application File and Associated Records'' (18-13-26). The Office of the Deputy Director for Science at the Department's Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) will establish and maintain this system of records. The system of records will contain information on individuals who are principal investigators and who have requested grant support or received grant support, or both, from the Institute, either individually or through an academic institution or other organization. The system of records notice will cover a database and paper files containing personally identifying information about these principal investigators, including their names, addresses, telephone numbers, titles, institutional or organizational affiliations, employment histories, professional experiences, academic credentials, current and pending support from other grant programs, research applications submitted to Institute competitions, and the peer reviews (summary statements) and peer review scores associated with their applications. The Institute is building this database to assist Institute staff, who manage the peer review process, by systematically assembling and maintaining files that are necessary and appropriate to the scientific peer review of grant applications submitted to the Institute. The database will also enable applicants and principal investigators who have requested grant support from the Institute to electronically access the reviews and scores for their applications following the peer review of their applications for scientific merit. (An applicant may be an academic institution or other organization that employs a principal investigator and that is identified within the grant application as the applicant).
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Postsecondary Education; Survey of Post-Graduate Outcomes for International Education Fellowship Recipients
This survey will focus on the post-graduate outcomes of students who received international education fellowships. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Section 601 requires that: ``The Secretary shall assist grantees in developing a survey to administer to students who have completed programs under this title to determine postgraduate employment, education, or training. All grantees, where applicable, shall administer such survey once every two years and report survey results to the Secretary.''
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; Student Assistance General Provisions Non-Title IV Revenue Requirements (90/10)
The Department of Education's regulations at 34 CFR 668.28(b) and 668.28(c) establish the requirements under which a prorprietary institution of higher education must derive at least ten percent of its annual revenue from resources other than Title IV Higher Education Act (HEA) funds, and implements the Net Present Value (NPV) formula and its alternative calculation prescribed by the statute and implemented through these regulations, and identifies sanctions for failing to meet the requirements.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; Student Assistance General Provisions Annual Fire Safety Report
This notice solicits comments with respect to the administrative requirements of the annual fire safety report as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act and the Department of Education's regulations at 34 CFR 668.49.
Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation
The Department of Education (Department) issues these final regulations to adjust the Department's civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for inflation, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supplement for Supported Employment Services
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (the Act), requires each state to submit to the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration a State Plan for the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services program and the State Supported Employment (SE) Services program that meets the requirements of Sections 101(a) and 625 of the Act.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
On August 23, 2012, the Department of Education published a 60-day public comment period notice in the Federal Register (Page 51021, Column 2). In the Summary section of the notice (Page 51021, Column 1), the changes were identified as being related to proposed regulatory changes. That identification is incorrect. This is an extension of a currently approved information collection request. The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management, hereby issues a correction notice as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; Early Reading First: Grant Performance Report
Each Early Reading First grantee is required to forward an annual performance report or final report to the Secretary describing the annual progress made toward's the project's goals.
Federal Student Aid Programs (Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program, and the Federal Direct Loan Program)
The Secretary is issuing updated waivers and modifications of statutory and regulatory provisions governing the Federal student financial aid programs under the authority of the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act of 2003 (HEROES Act). The HEROES Act requires the Secretary to publish, in a notice in the Federal Register, the waivers or modifications of statutory or regulatory provisions applicable to the student financial assistance programs under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to assist individuals who are performing qualifying military service, and individuals who are affected by a disaster, war or other military operation or national emergency, as described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Final Waivers and Extensions of Project Periods; American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program
The Secretary waives the regulations that generally limit project periods to 60 months and that restrict project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. As a result, for the 60-month projects initially funded in fiscal year (FY) 2007 under the AIVRS program, the Secretary is extending the project periods until September 30, 2013.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; Student Assistance General Provisions-Readmission for Servicemembers
The regulations establish the requirements under which an institution must readmit servicemembers with the same academic status they had at the institution when they last attended before being called to uniformed service.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; Federal Family Educational Loan Program (FFEL)-Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
Effective August 14, 2008, upon a holder's receipt of a written request from a borrower and a copy of the borrower's military orders, the regulations at 34 CFR 682.202(a)(8) provide that the maximum interest (as defined in 50 U.S.C. 527, App. Section 207(d)) that may be charged on FFEL loans made prior to the borrower entering active duty status is six percent while the borrower is on active duty status.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Federal Student Aid; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program General Forbearance Request
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 payment because of temporary financial hardship.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Regulations-Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
Upon a loan holder's receipt of a written request from a borrower and a copy of the borrower's military orders, the regulations at 34 CFR 685.202 provide that the maximum interest rate (as defined in 50 U.S.C. 527, App. Section 207 (d)) that may be charged on Federal Family Education Loan Program loans made prior to the borrower entering active duty status is six percent while the borrower is on active duty status.
Final Requirements-Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge; Phase 2
The Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (hereafter ``the Secretaries'') announce requirements for Phase 2 of the Race to the TopEarly Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program. In Phase 2, we will make awards to certain States that applied for, but did not receive, funding under the RTT-ELC competition held in fiscal year (FY) 2011 (FY 2011 RTT-ELC competition). Specifically, we will consider eligible the five highest scoring applicants that did not receive funding in the FY 2011 RTT-ELC competition, each of which received approximately 75 percent or more of the available points under the competition. We take this action to fund down the slate of the FY 2011 RTT-ELC competition and to establish the information and assurances that the five eligible applicants will need to provide in order to receive funding under Phase 2 of the RTT-ELC program.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Postsecondary Education; Higher Education Act (HEA) Title II Report Cards on State Teacher Credentialing and Preparation
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) calls for annual reports from states and institutions of higher education (IHEs) on the quality of teacher preparation and state teacher certification and licensure (Pub. L. 110-315, sections 205-208). The purpose of the reports is to provide greater accountability in the preparation of the nation's teaching forces and to provide information and incentives for its improvement.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Institute of Education Sciences; FAFSA Completion Project Evaluation
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 or school districts with access to data on whether specific students have completed the FAFSA.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Institute of Education Sciences; NPEFS 2011-2014: Common Core of Data (CCD) National Public Education Financial Survey
The National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS) is an annual collection of state-level finance data that has been included in the National Center of Education Statistics' Common Core of Data since FY 1982 (school year 1981-82). NPEFS 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 Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development; Exploratory Study on the Identification of English Learners with Disabilities
The purpose of this study is to learn more about current processes and personnel involved in the identification of English Learners (ELs) for special education services.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Institute of Education Sciences; Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2013 Main Study
TALIS is an international survey of the teaching workforce, teaching as a profession, and the learning environments of schools. Data are collected through questionnaires from individual teachers and their school principals in lower secondary schools (grades 7, 8 and 9) in the United States.
National Board for Education Sciences; Meeting
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming 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 the meeting.
Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program
This document provides notice of the continuation of a computer matching program between the Department of Education and the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The continuation is effective on the date in paragraph 5.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Grantee Reporting Form-Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Annual Payback Report
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.
List of Correspondence From January 1, 2012, Through March 31, 2012
The Secretary is publishing the following list of correspondence from the U.S. Department of Education (Department) to individuals during the previous quarter. The correspondence on this list describes the Department's interpretations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the regulations that implement the IDEA. This list and the letters or other documents described in this list, with personally identifiable information redacted, as appropriate, can be found at: www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/ index.html.
The Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Advisory Board
This notice sets forth the date and proposed agenda of an upcoming open meeting of the Historically Black College and University 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.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development; Annual Mandatory Collection of Elementary and Secondary Education Data Through EDFacts
The collection, use, and reporting of education data is an integral component of the mission of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). EDFacts, an ED initiative to put performance data at the center of ED's policy, management, and budget decision-making processes for all K-12 educational programs, has transformed the way in which ED collects and uses data. EDFacts provides an electronic submission system for state educational agencies (SEAs), and centralizes within ED the availability of the performance data supplied by SEAs to enable better analysis and use in policy development, planning, and management.
Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success; Request for Information
The Department of Education (Department) requests information about promising and practical strategies, practices, programs, and activities (promising and practical strategies) that have improved rates of postsecondary success, transfer, and graduation. In addition, the Department announces the availability of the material submitted by respondents to an earlier request for information on this same subject. The Department believes this information will be of interest to others in situations similar to those described in the submissions. We also believe that this information will be useful during future deliberations, possibly including discussions concerning improvements to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and other legislative proposals to the Congress. Each response to this RFI should contain the following elements (see Guidance for Submitting Documents and Request for Information for full details): (1) Contact information; (2) Brief one-paragraph abstract; (3) Detailed description of the promising and practical strategy; and (4) Applicable keywords or tags (meta data tags).
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of the Secretary; Education Jobs Annual Performance Report
The Education Jobs program provides $10 billion in assistance to States to save or create education jobs. Jobs funded under this program include those that provide educational and related services for early childhood, elementary, and secondary education.
Notice Inviting Publishers To Submit Tests for a Determination of Suitability for Use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education
The Secretary of Education (1) invites publishers to submit tests for review and approval for use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS); and (2) announces the date by which publishers must submit these tests.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Postsecondary Education; Assessing Program Performance, National Resource Center, Business and International Education, and Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Programs Phone Interviews
The U.S. Department of Education is collecting data to conduct an assessment of the National Resource Center (NRC), Business and International Education (BIE), and Undergraduate and International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) programs. Institutions of Higher Education will be asked to provide quantitative data on their internationalization and capacity building efforts on each campus.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development; Evaluation of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program
The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) is authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. In establishing PEP, Congress acknowledged the critical need to improve physical education programs for K-12 students, in order to help them make progress toward meeting state standards for physical education. 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.
President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
This 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.
President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
This notice sets forth the schedule and agenda of the meeting of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Commission). The notice also describes the functions of the Commission. 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.
Proposed Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria-Supporting Effective Educator Development
The Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement proposes priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria under the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant program. We may use these priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for competitions of the SEED Grant program for fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We intend for the priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria to help national not- for-profit organizations to build evidence on how best to recruit, train, and support effective teachers and school leaders; recruit and prepare effective science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers; and invest in efforts that enhance the teaching and school leadership professions.