Department of Education 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity
Document Number: 2015-32933
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Education
This notice lists the members of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). This notice is required under Section 114(e) (1) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).
Impact Aid Programs
Document Number: 2015-32618
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary proposes to amend the Impact Aid Program regulations issued under title VIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA or ``the Act''). The proposed regulations govern Impact Aid payments to local educational agencies (LEAs). The program, in general, provides assistance for maintenance and operations costs to LEAs that are affected by Federal activities. These proposed regulations would update, clarify, and improve the current regulations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012 Phase II
Document Number: 2015-32688
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-29
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a reinstatement of a previous information collection.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2015-32501
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act), the Department of Education (Department) publishes this notice to amend the systems of records entitled ``Debarment and Suspension Proceedings under Executive Order (EO) 12549, the Drug-Free Workplace Act, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)'' (18-03- 01)(Debarment and Suspension Proceedings system) and ``Education's Central Automated Processing System (EDCAPS)'' (18-03-02). The Department deletes two systems of records entitled ``Receivables Management System'' (18-03-03) and the ``Travel Manager System'' (18- 03-05) from its existing inventory of systems of records subject to the Privacy Act. For the Debarment and Suspension Proceedings system, this notice updates the system location; the authority for maintenance of the system; the routine uses of records maintained in the system; the policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system (specifically the retention and disposal of system records); the safeguards that protect the records in the system; and the system managers and addresses. For the EDCAPS system, this notice updates the system location; the categories of individuals covered by the system; the categories of records in the system; the authority for maintenance of the system; purposes of the system; the routine uses of records maintained in the system; the policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system; and the system managers and addresses. The Department identifies the system of records ``Receivables Management System'' (18-03-03), as published in the Federal Register on June 4, 1999 (64 FR 30106, 30116-18) to be deleted because the records on individuals who are covered by this system of records are maintained in the Department's EDCAPS system of records (18-04-04). The Department also identifies the system of records ``Travel Manager System'' (18-03- 05), as published in the Federal Register on February 7, 2002 (67 FR 5908-10), to be deleted because the Department migrated to the General Services Administration's (GSA's) Contracted Travel Services Program on October 2, 2006, and consequently the Department's system has been replaced by the GSA's Government wide system of records notice entitled ``Contracted Travel Services Program'' (GSA/GOVT-4), as published in the Federal Register on June 3, 2009 (74 FR 26700-702).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program General Forbearance Request
Document Number: 2015-32434
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Annual Performance Report for the Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Programs
Document Number: 2015-32337
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Submission of Data by State Educational Agencies; Submission Dates for State Revenue and Expenditure Reports for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, Revisions to Those Reports, and Revisions to Prior Fiscal Year Reports
Document Number: 2015-32266
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-23
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary announces dates for State educational agencies (SEAs) to submit expenditure and revenue data and average daily attendance statistics on ED Form 2447 (the National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS)) for fiscal year (FY) 2015, revisions to those reports, and revisions to prior fiscal year reports. The Secretary sets these dates to ensure that data are available to serve as the basis for timely distribution of Federal funds. The U.S. Census Bureau is the data collection agent for this request of the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The data will be published by NCES and will be used by the Secretary in the calculation of allocations for FY 2017 appropriated funds.
Implementing Programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Document Number: 2015-32178
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary of Education (Secretary) is soliciting advice and recommendations from interested parties prior to publishing proposed regulations to implement programs under title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (title I). Programs under title I are designed to help disadvantaged children meet high academic standards. The Secretary invites advice and recommendations concerning topics for which regulations may be helpful to assist States, school districts, and schools to implement the new law. In addition, we will convene two regional meetings at which interested parties may provide additional advice and recommendations.
Applications for New Awards; Talent Search Program
Document Number: 2015-32089
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Education
Negotiated Rulemaking Committee; Negotiator Nominations and Schedule of Committee Meetings-Borrower Defenses
Document Number: 2015-32007
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-21
Agency: Department of Education
On October 20, 2015, we announced our intention to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed regulations for the Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and solicited nominations for individual negotiators for the committee. We are requesting additional nominations for individual negotiators who represent specific stakeholder constituencies for the issues to be negotiated to serve on the committee.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Health Education Assistance Loan (HEAL).
Document Number: 2015-31998
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-21
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Educational Quality Through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) Experimental Sites Initiative
Document Number: 2015-31944
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-21
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), 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; Student Assistance General Provisions-Non-Title IV Revenue Requirements (90/10)
Document Number: 2015-31943
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-21
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Intent To Compromise Claim Against the State of Washington Department of Services for the Blind
Document Number: 2015-31900
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-18
Agency: Department of Education
The United States Department of Education (Department) intends to compromise a claim against the State of Washington Department of Services for the Blind (Washington) now pending before the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), Docket No. 15-30-R. Before compromising a claim, the Department must publish its intent to do so in the Federal Register and provide the public an opportunity to comment on this action.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Federal Direct Consolidation Loan Program Application Documents
Document Number: 2015-31773
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-18
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program Federal Direct PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note and Endorser Addendum
Document Number: 2015-31580
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loan and Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loan Master Promissory Note
Document Number: 2015-31571
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), 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; TEACH Grant: Study of Institutional Practices and Grant Recipient Outcomes and Experiences
Document Number: 2015-31570
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a new information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2017-2019
Document Number: 2015-31521
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-15
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a new information collection.
Funding Additional Awards; Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice Program
Document Number: 2015-31517
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-15
Agency: Department of Education
The Deputy Director for Policy and Research, delegated the duties of the Director, of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) announces the Institute's intent to fund three additional grant awards under the Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice Program, specifically under the Supporting Early Learning from Preschool Through Early Elementary School Grades topic. The Institute takes this action because of the number of high-quality applications received and the fact that funding is available in fiscal year (FY) 2016 to support these additional grant awards. The Institute expects to use an estimated $1.8 million for the three additional awards in FY 2016.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; The Secretary of the Department of Education's Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, and the Comparability of Medical and Veterinary Medical Programs
Document Number: 2015-31484
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-15
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), 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; Student Assistance General Provisions-Annual Fire Safety Report
Document Number: 2015-31346
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-14
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Student Assistance General Provisions-Readmission for Servicemembers
Document Number: 2015-31190
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-11
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Evaluation of Effectiveness of the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Program
Document Number: 2015-31082
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-10
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Client Assistance Program (CAP)
Document Number: 2015-31081
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-10
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Enterprise Complaint System
Document Number: 2015-31060
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-10
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a new information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Student Assistance General Provisions-Financial Assistance for Students With Intellectual Disabilities
Document Number: 2015-30713
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-07
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records-Impact Evaluation of Data-Driven Instruction Professional Development for Teachers
Document Number: 2015-30526
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-02
Agency: Department of Education
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 ``Impact Evaluation of Data- Driven Instruction Professional Development for Teachers'' (#18-13-39). The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Department's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) awarded a contract in September 2012 to Mathematica Policy Research, Abt Associates, Synergy Enterprises, Evidence-Based Education Research & Evaluation, and Public Consulting Group EducationFocus on Results to provide evidence on the effectiveness of data-driven instruction professional development.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; EDFacts Data Collection School Years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19
Document Number: 2015-30417
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revised information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Data Challenges and Appeals Solution (DCAS)
Document Number: 2015-30405
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs
Document Number: 2015-30279
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-30
Agency: Department of Education
On November 3, 2015, we published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in order to require that all Department grantees awarded direct competitive grant funds openly license to the public all copyrightable intellectual property created with Department grant funds. That NPRM established a 30-day comment period beginning on November 3, 2015, and closing on December 3, 2015. We are extending the public comment period for 15 days, until December 18, 2015.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Pell for Students Who Are Incarcerated Experimental Site Initiative
Document Number: 2015-30257
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-30
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a new information collection.
Program Integrity Issues
Document Number: 2015-30158
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-27
Agency: Department of Education
On October 29, 2010, the Department of Education published in the Federal Register final regulations for improving integrity in the programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) (October 29, 2010, final regulations). The preamble to those regulations was revised in a Federal Register notice of March 22, 2013. This document clarifies and provides additional information about the October 29, 2010, final regulations.
Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects
Document Number: 2015-30122
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-25
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 Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Health and Human Services and the other Federal Departments and Agencies listed in this document are extending the comment period on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects notice of proposed rulemaking. The NPRM requests comment on proposed revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2015.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Natural Experiments and Model Career-Focused Schools: An Environmental Scan
Document Number: 2015-29847
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-24
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a new information collection.
Notice Expanding an Experiment Under the Experimental Sites Initiative; Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs Under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended
Document Number: 2015-29437
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-18
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary is expanding the Competency-Based Education experiment, which was announced in a previous Federal Register notice, to provide additional flexibility in how institutions provide Federal student aid to students who are enrolled in competency-based education programs, including providing waivers and modifications to statutory and regulatory requirements designed to support competency-based education programs that charge a flat fee for a period of time rather than charging by course or by competency. The expansion of the Competency-Based Education experiment provides two additional sets of waivers that are available to both institutions currently approved for the experiment and institutions that may be approved based on their submission of a letter of interest. These sets of waivers are described in this notice below, under ``The Experiment.'' In a Federal Register notice published on July 31, 2014, the Secretary invited postsecondary educational institutions (institutions) that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to apply to participate in institutionally-based experiments, including the Competency-Based Education experiment, under the Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Guaranty Agencies Security Self-Assessment and Attestation
Document Number: 2015-29190
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-17
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-2018 (MGLS:2017) Recruitment for 2017 Operational Field Test
Document Number: 2015-29189
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-17
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program Between the Department of Education and the Department of Justice
Document Number: 2015-29170
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-16
Agency: Department of Education
This document provides notice of the continuation of a computer matching program between the Department of Education and the Department of Justice. The continuation is effective on the date in paragraph 5.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and approval; Comment Request; Recent Graduates Employment and Earnings Survey (RGEES) Standards and Survey Form
Document Number: 2015-28839
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-13
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et se.), ED is proposing a new information collection.
National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity Meeting; Update and Correction
Document Number: 2015-28746
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-12
Agency: Department of Education
This meeting notice is an update to the previous notice published in the Federal Register (176 FR 54774) on September 11, 2015, and sets forth the time and location for the December 16, 17, and 18, 2015 NACIQI meeting. This notice also provides a correction to the current and requested scopes of recognition for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community Colleges and Junior Colleges (WASC ACCJC), and clarifies the scope of review to be conducted at the meeting for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (MWCCU) and WASC ACCJC. Further, this notice adds an item to the agenda. The notice of this meeting is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and Section 114(d)(1)(B) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Grantee Reporting Form-RSA Annual Payback Report
Document Number: 2015-28564
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-10
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), 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; Study of Enhanced College Advising in Upward Bound
Document Number: 2015-28563
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-10
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program between the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration
Document Number: 2015-28367
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-06
Agency: Department of Education
This document provides notice of the computer matching program between the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). The computer matching program will begin on the effective date specified in paragraph 5.
Notice Inviting Postsecondary Educational Institutions To Participate in Experiments Under the Experimental Sites Initiative; Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs Under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended
Document Number: 2015-28010
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-03
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary invites postsecondary institutions (institutions) that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to apply to participate in a new institution-based experiment under the Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI). Under the ESI, the Secretary has authority to grant waivers from certain title IV, HEA statutory or regulatory requirements to allow a limited number of institutions to participate in experiments to test alternative methods for administering the title IV, HEA programs. ESI experiments are designed to facilitate efforts by institutions to explore particular innovative practices aimed at improving student outcomes, the delivery of services, or both. Under this experiment, participating institutions will be provided a waiver of the specific statutory and regulatory provisions that prevent students who are enrolled in secondary school from receiving Federal Pell Grants for enrollment in title IV-eligible postsecondary programs. Details of the experiment are provided in the Background section of this notice.
Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs
Document Number: 2015-27930
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-03
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary proposes to amend the regulations regarding the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in order to require that all Department grantees awarded direct competitive grant funds openly license to the public all copyrightable intellectual property created with Department grant funds. These proposed changes would increase the Department's ability to be more strategic with limited resources, broadening the impact of its investments by allowing stakeholders, such as local educational agencies (LEAs), State educational agencies (SEAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), and other entities, to benefit from these investments, even if they are not themselves recipients of Department funds. An open licensing requirement would also allow the Department to sustain innovations beyond the grant period by encouraging subject matter experts and users to adapt, update, and build upon grant products, stimulating quality and innovation in the development of educational resources. Finally, the proposed requirement would promote equity and access to Department-funded technology and materials and increase transparency and accountability for the Department and its grantees.