Acting Under Secretary Jamienne Studley to Give Opening Remarks at the Initial Negotiated Rulemaking Session on Program Integrity and Improvement

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Acting Under Secretary Jamienne Studley to Give Opening Remarks at the Initial Negotiated Rulemaking Session on Program Integrity and Improvement

Acting Under Secretary Jamienne Studley will give opening remarks at the first of three negotiated rulemaking sessions being convened by the U.S. Department of Education, which will focus on Program Integrity and Improvement. The purpose of the committee will be to assist the Department in developing proposed regulations that deter fraud and ensure proper use of Federal Student Aid program funds, especially within the context of current technologies.

Studley's remarks will take place at 9:00 a.m., Wed., Feb. 19, at 1990 K St. N.W., 8th Floor Conference Center, Washington, D.C.

The Program Integrity and Improvement Negotiating Committee is comprised of two federal negotiators from the Department's Office of Postsecondary Education and 16 non-federal negotiators representing a range of affected parties and whom have experience and expertise on the subject matter, including: students, legal assistance organizations representing students, consumer advocacy organizations, state officials, financial aid administrators, business officers at postsecondary institutions, minority serving institutions, two and four year public institutions, private non-profit and for-profit institutions, distance education, third-party servicers, business and industry, lenders, banks and credit unions, and accrediting agencies.

Topics the committee is likely to address are:

  • Cash management of funds provided under the title IV Federal Student Aid programs, including the use of debit cards and the handling of title IV credit balances.
  • Clock to credit hour conversion.
  • State authorization for programs offered through distance education or correspondence education.
  • State authorization for foreign locations of institutions located in a State.
  • The application of the repeat coursework provisions to graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • The definition of “adverse credit” for borrowers in the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program.

The Committee is scheduled to meet to discuss these and perhaps other issues on Feb. 19-21; March 26-28, and April 23-25. The goal of the committee is to develop proposed regulations that reflect a final consensus of the committee. Information about the Program Integrity and Improvement Committee and the list of negotiators on the committee can be found here. General information about negotiated rulemaking can be found here.

Who : Acting Under Secretary Jamienne Studley
What : Opening Remarks at the U.S. Department of Education’s Program Integrity and Improvement initial negotiated rulemaking session
When : 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Where : U.S. Department of Education
1990 K Street, N.W.
8th Floor Conference Center
Washington, D.C.