Department of Education August 2020 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Application for Grants Under the Talent Search Program
Document Number: 2020-19163
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-31
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a reinstatement without change of a previously approved information collection.
Notice of the Rescission of Outdated Guidance Documents
Document Number: 2020-19144
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-31
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary announces the guidance documents the Department of Education (Department) is rescinding because they are outdated, after conducting a review of its guidance under Executive Order (E.O.) 13891.
Notice of Public Posting Requirement of Grant Information for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grantees
Document Number: 2020-19041
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-31
Agency: Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) publishes a revised Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Electronic Announcement (EA), originally posted May 6, 2020, that describes the public reporting requirements for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Borrower Defense to Loan Repayment Universal Form
Document Number: 2020-19029
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-28
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a new information collection.
Final Waivers and Extensions of the Project Periods for the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Training and Technical Assistance Center and the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Institute for the Preparation of Personnel in American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Document Number: 2020-19004
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-27
Agency: Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) waives the requirements in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. The waivers and extensions enable the current grantees under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers 84.250Z and 84.315C to receive funding for an additional budget period, not to exceed September 30, 2021.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; CARES Act 18004(a)(3) Discretionary Grant Application
Document Number: 2020-18594
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-25
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to conduct an emergency review of a new information collection.
Notice Inviting Publishers To Submit Tests for a Determination of Suitability for Use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education
Document Number: 2020-18564
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-25
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary of Education invites publishers to submit tests for review and approval for use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) and announces the date by which publishers must submit these tests. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1830-0567.
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, Federal Direct PLUS Loan Request for Supplemental Information
Document Number: 2020-18458
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-24
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision to an existing information collection.
Applications for New Awards; Institutional Resilience and Expanded Postsecondary Opportunity Grants Program
Document Number: 2020-18531
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-21
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications (NIA) from eligible applicants for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for Institutional Resilience and Expanded Postsecondary Opportunity (IREPO) Grants under section 18004(a)(3) of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or Act), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.425P. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1840-0848.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Formula Grant EASIE Electronic Application System for Indian Education
Document Number: 2020-18421
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-21
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision to an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Master Generic Plan for Customer Surveys and Focus Groups
Document Number: 2020-18241
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-20
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection request (ICR).
Withdrawal of Notice Inviting Applications and Cancellation of the Competition for the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program
Document Number: 2020-18004
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-17
Agency: Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) withdraws the notice inviting applications (NIA) and cancels the competition for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) program under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.250N. The Department intends to announce a new competition in FY 2021.
Final Waiver and Extension of the Project Periods for the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program
Document Number: 2020-18003
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-17
Agency: Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) waives the requirements in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. The waiver and extension enable 29 American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) projects under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.250K to receive funding for an additional period, not beyond September 30, 2021.
Statewide Family Engagement Centers Program
Document Number: 2020-17872
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-14
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) amends program requirement (a) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 notice inviting applications (NIA) for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.310A. This final requirement provides current grantees the opportunity to request, on an annual basis, a reduction in their required 15 percent matching contribution in a project year due to economic circumstances related to the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Work-Study Programs, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, National Direct Student Loan Program, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program, Federal Pell Grant Program, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program, and Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
Document Number: 2020-14589
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-14
Agency: Department of Education
In response to the United States Supreme Court decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer (Trinity Lutheran), and the United States Attorney General's October 7, 2017 Memorandum on Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty pursuant to Executive Order No. 13798 (Attorney General's memorandum), the Department of Education (Department or we) amends the current regulations regarding the eligibility of faith-based entities to participate in the Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and the eligibility of students to obtain certain benefits under those programs. The Department also amends the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program regulations to minimize the number of TEACH Grants that are converted to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and to update, strengthen, and clarify other areas of the TEACH Grant Program regulations.
Service Contract Inventory for Fiscal Years (FY) 2017 and 2018
Document Number: 2020-17739
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-13
Agency: Department of Education
Through this notice, the Secretary announces the availability of the Department of Education's service contract inventory for FY 2017 and FY 2018 on its website, at www2.ed.gov/fund/data/report/contracts/ servicecontractinventoryappendix/servicecontractinventory.htm l. A service contract inventory is a tool for assisting the agency in better understanding how contracted services are being used to support mission and operations and whether the contractors' skills are being utilized in an appropriate manner.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Report of the Randolph-Sheppard Vending Facility Program
Document Number: 2020-17715
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-13
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension to an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Nominee Presentation Form
Document Number: 2020-17697
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-13
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension to an existing information collection.
Accrediting Agencies Currently Undergoing Review for the Purposes of Recognition by the U.S. Secretary of Education
Document Number: 2020-17634
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-12
Agency: Department of Education
This notice provides information to members of the public on submitting written comments for accrediting agencies currently undergoing review for purposes of recognition by the Secretary of Education.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program Annual Performance Report
Document Number: 2020-17546
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-12
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision to an existing information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Student Support Services Annual Performance Report
Document Number: 2020-17545
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-12
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a reinstatement with change of a previously approved information collection.
Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the Federal Family Education Loan Program Prior to July 1, 2010
Document Number: 2020-17397
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-10
Agency: Department of Education
The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program that have variable interest rates. The rates announced in this notice are in effect for the period July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
Document Number: 2020-17396
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-10
Agency: Department of Education
The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Subsidized Loans), Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Unsubsidized Loans), and Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Direct PLUS Loan) with first disbursement dates before July 1, 2006, and for Federal Direct Consolidation Loans (Direct Consolidation Loans) for which the application was received before February 1, 1999. The rates announced in this notice are in effect for the period July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Fixed-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
Document Number: 2020-17395
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-10
Agency: Department of Education
The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Subsidized Loans), Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Unsubsidized Loans), and Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Direct PLUS Loans) made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program with first disbursement dates on or after July 1, 2020, and before July 1, 2021.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Application Forms and Instructions for the Centers for International Business Education (84.220a) Program
Document Number: 2020-17337
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-10
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
Final Waiver and Extension of the Project Period for the Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Competitive Grant Program
Document Number: 2020-17407
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-07
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary waives the requirements in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. The waiver and extension would enable 23 projects under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.382A to receive funding for an additional period, not to exceed September 30, 2021.
Tests Determined To Be Suitable for Use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education
Document Number: 2020-17301
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-07
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary announces tests, test forms, and delivery formats that the Secretary determines to be suitable for use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS). This notice relates to the approved information collections under OMB control numbers 1830-0027 and 1830-0567.
Applications for New Awards; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities and Demonstration and Training Programs-The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Paperwork Reduction Planning and Implementation Program
Document Number: 2020-17218
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the IDEA Paperwork Reduction Planning and Implementation Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.326F, to assist States in identifying excessive paperwork and noninstructional time burdens on special education teachers, related services providers, and State and local administrators that do not assist in improving educational and functional results for children with disabilities. The funds will support developing and, if appropriate, implementing comprehensive plans to reduce the burden. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1820-0028.
Applications for New Awards; Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind-Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Training and Technical Assistance
Document Number: 2020-17216
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind ProgramIndependent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind (OIB) Training and Technical Assistance, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.177Z. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1820-0018.
Final Priorities and Definitions-Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind-Training and Technical Assistance
Document Number: 2020-17215
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) announces priorities and definitions under the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind (OIB) program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.177Z. The Department may use one or more of these priorities and definitions for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and later years. We take this action to focus Federal financial assistance on an identified national need. We intend the priorities and definitions to improve the administration, operation, and performance of the OIB program.
Final Priorities, Requirements, and Selection Criteria-Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities-The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Paperwork Reduction Planning and Implementation Program
Document Number: 2020-17213
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) announces priorities, requirements, and selection criteria for the IDEA Paperwork Reduction Planning and Implementation Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.326F. The Department may select as many as 15 States to receive support in planning for and implementing waivers of statutory requirements of, or regulatory requirements relating to, IDEA Part B to reduce excessive paperwork and noninstructional time burdens that do not assist in improving educational and functional results for children with disabilities. The Department may use these priorities, requirements, and selection criteria for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and later years. We take this action to focus attention on an identified national need to reduce paperwork burden associated with the requirements of IDEA Part B while preserving the rights of children with disabilities and promoting academic achievement.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; PLUS Adverse Credit Reconsideration Loan Counseling
Document Number: 2020-17172
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision to an existing information collection.
Applications for New Awards; International Research and Studies Program-Research, Studies, and Surveys; and Specialized Instructional Materials
Document Number: 2020-17170
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the International Research and Studies (IRS) program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.017A. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1840-0795.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Implementation of Key Federal Policies in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Document Number: 2020-17159
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a new information collection request.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; CARES Act Maintenance of Effort (MOE)
Document Number: 2020-17157
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to conduct an emergency review of a new information collection
Notice of Waivers Granted Under Section 3511 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Document Number: 2020-17154
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
In this notice, we announce waivers that the Department of Education (Department) granted, within the last 30 days, under the CARES Act.
Final Waivers and Extension of the Project Period for the National Center for Information and Technical Support for Postsecondary Students With Disabilities Grant Program
Document Number: 2020-17145
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary waives the requirements in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. The waivers and extension would enable the project under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.116D to receive funding for an additional period, not to exceed September 25, 2021.
Applications for New Awards; Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program
Document Number: 2020-17008
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.335A. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1840- 0737.
Applications for New Awards; Rehabilitation Training: Innovative Rehabilitation Training Program
Document Number: 2020-16959
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications (NIA) for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Innovative Rehabilitation Training program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.263D/E/F. These competitions fund time- limited training projects to develop, refine, implement, evaluate, and disseminate innovative methods of training vocational rehabilitation (VR) personnel and Client Assistance Program (CAP) personnel to support the work of the State VR agencies and the implementation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Rehabilitation Act). In the FY 2020 competitions, the Department is focusing on innovative rehabilitation training in the following areas: CAP (84.263D); assisting and supporting individuals with disabilities pursuing self-employment, business ownership, and telecommuting (84.263E); and field-initiated projects in an area related to VR (84.263F). This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1820-0018.
Final Priorities-Rehabilitation Training: Innovative Rehabilitation Training Program
Document Number: 2020-16958
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) announces priorities under the Innovative Rehabilitation Training program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.263D/E/F. The Department may use one or more of these priorities for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and later years. We take this action to focus Federal financial assistance on an identified national need to improve the knowledge and skills of vocational rehabilitation (VR) personnel in providing VR services to individuals with disabilities and improve the Client Assistance Program (CAP) personnel in advising, informing, and advocating on behalf of VR participants and applicants with disabilities.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-16855
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-04
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 ``Department of Education Cybersecurity Excellence Award'' (18-04-05). Pursuant to Executive Order 13870 of May 2, 2019, as published in the Federal Register on May 9, 2019 (Executive Order 13870), the Department has developed and implemented, consistent with applicable law, an annual Department of Education Cybersecurity Excellence Award to recognize Department employees and contractors for outstanding performance and achievements in the areas of cybersecurity and cyber-operations. The Department will solicit applications and nominations for one individual or team of individuals to be annually awarded the Department of Education Cybersecurity Excellence Award.
Applications for New Awards: Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center-Quality Management and Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center-Quality Employment
Document Number: 2020-16686
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-03
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for a Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Management (VRTAC-QM) and a Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Employment (VRTAC-QE), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers 84.264J and 84.264K. The VRTAC-QM and VRTAC- QE will focus on identified national needs and improvement of the number and quality of employment outcomes under the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program and raise expectations for all people with disabilities.
Final Priorities, Requirements and Definitions-Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center-Quality Management; and Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center-Quality Employment
Document Number: 2020-16685
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-03
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) announces priorities, requirements, and definitions under the Rehabilitation Training program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers 84.264J and 84.264K. The Department may use one or more of these priorities, requirements, and definitions for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and later years. We take this action to focus attention on an identified national need to fund a Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Management (VRTAC-QM) and a Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Employment (VRTAC-QE). We intend for the VRTAC-QM and VRTAC-QE to increase the number and quality of employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities through training and technical assistance to State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency personnel. We expect the VRTAC-QM to enable State VR agency personnel to manage available resources better and improve service delivery, and the VRTAC-QE to support State VR agency personnel to implement innovative and effective employment strategies and supporting practices.