/Vol. 64, No. 153/Tuesday, August 10, 1999/Proposed Rules
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION34 CFR Part 668
Student Assistance General Provisions
Department of Education.
Notice of proposed rulemaking.
These proposed regulationswould govern the disclosure of institutional and financial assistanceinformation provided to students underthe student financial assistanceprograms under Title IV of the HigherEducation Act of 1965, as amended(Title IV). These programs include theFederal Pell Grant Program, the campus-based programs (Federal Perkins Loan,Federal Work-Study (FWS), and FederalSupplemental Educational OpportunityGrant (FSEOG) programs), the WilliamD. Ford Federal Direct Loan (DirectLoan) Program, the Federal FamilyEducation Loan (FFEL) Program, andthe Leveraging Educational AssistancePartnership (LEAP) Program (formerlycalled the State Student Incentive Grant(SSIG) Program). The proposedregulations implement changes made tothe Higher Education Act of 1965, asamended (HEA), by the HigherEducation Amendments of 1998 (1998Amendments).
We must receive your commentson or before September 15, 1999.
Address all comments aboutthese proposed regulations to PaulaHusselmann, U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 23272, Washington,DC 20026–3272. If you prefer to sendyour comments through the Internet,use the following address:email@example.comIf you want to comment on theinformation collection requirements,you must send your comments to theOffice of Management and Budget at theaddress listed in the Paperwork Reduction Act section of this preamble.You may also send a copy of thesecomments to the Departmentrepresentative named in this section.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Paula Husselmann or Lloyd Horwich.Telephone (202) 708–8242. If you use atelecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the FederalInformation Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339.Individuals with disabilities mayobtain this document in an alternateformat (e.g., Braille, large print,audiotape, or computer diskette) onrequest to the contact persons listed inthe preceding paragraph.
Invitation To Comment
We invite you to submit commentsregarding these proposed regulations.To ensure that your comments havemaximum effect in developing the finalregulations, we urge you to identifyclearly the specific section or sections of the proposed regulations that each of your comments addresses and to arrangeyour comments in the same order as theproposed regulations.We invite you to assist us incomplying with the specificrequirements of Executive Order 12866and its overall requirement of reducingregulatory burden that might result fromthese proposed regulations. Please let usknow of any further opportunities weshould take to reduce potential costs orincrease potential benefits whilepreserving the effective and efficientadministration of the program.During and after the comment period,you may inspect all public commentsabout these proposed regulations atRegional Office Building 3, 7th and DStreets, SW, Room 3045, Washington,DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and4:00 p.m., Eastern time, Mondaythrough Friday of each week exceptFederal holidays.
Assistance to Individuals WithDisabilities in Reviewing theRulemaking Record
On request, we will supply anappropriate aid, such as a reader orprint magnifier, to an individual with adisability who needs assistance toreview the comments or otherdocuments in the public rulemakingrecord for these proposed regulations. If you want to schedule an appointmentfor this type of aid, you can call (202)205–8113 or (202) 260–9895. If you usea TDD, you may call the FederalInformation Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339.
These proposed regulations wouldrevise the current Student AssistanceGeneral Provisions, 34 CFR part 668,concerning the disclosure of institutional and financial assistanceinformation to students under thefinancial assistance programsauthorized under Title IV. The revisionsimplement the Higher EducationAmendments of 1998, Public Law 105–244, enacted October 7, 1998.
Negotiated Rulemaking Process
Section 492 of the HEA requires that,before publishing any proposedregulations to implement programsunder Title IV of the Act, the Secretaryobtain public involvement in thedevelopment of the proposedregulations. After obtaining advice andrecommendations, the Secretary mustconduct a negotiated rulemakingprocess to develop the proposedregulations. All published proposedregulations must conform to agreementsresulting from the negotiatedrulemaking process unless the Secretaryreopens the negotiated rulemakingprocess or provides a writtenexplanation to the participants in thatprocess why the Secretary has decidedto depart from the agreements.To obtain public involvement in thedevelopment of the proposedregulations, we published a notice inthe
(63 FR 59922,November 6, 1998) requesting adviceand recommendations from interestedparties concerning what regulationswere necessary to implement Title IV of the HEA. We also invited advice andrecommendations concerning whichregulated issues should be subjected toa negotiated rulemaking process. Wefurther requested advice andrecommendations concerning ways toprioritize the numerous issues in TitleIV, in order to meet statutory deadlines.Additionally, we requested advice andrecommendations concerning how toconduct the negotiated rulemakingprocess, given the time available and thenumber of regulations that needed to bedeveloped.In addition to soliciting writtencomments, we held three publichearings and several informal meetingsto give interested parties an opportunityto share advice and recommendationswith the Department. The hearings wereheld in Washington, D.C., Chicago, andLos Angeles, and we posted transcriptsof those hearings to the Department’sInformation for Financial AidProfessionals website (http:// ifap.ed.gov).We then published a second notice inthe
(63 FR 71206,December 23, 1998) to announce theDepartment’s intention to establish fournegotiated rulemaking committees todraft proposed regulationsimplementing Title IV of the HEA. Thenotice announced the organizations orgroups believed to represent theinterests that should participate in thenegotiated rulemaking process andannounced that the Department wouldselect participants for the process fromnominees of those organizations orgroups. We requested nominations foradditional participants from anyonewho believed that the organizations orgroups listed did not adequatelyrepresent the list of interests outlined insection 492 of the HEA. Once the fourcommittees were established, they metto develop proposed regulations over