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Bipartisan Coalition of Members Ask Secretary Duncan to Drop Gainful Employment Regulation
May 27, 2014 -
Dear Secretary Duncan: Given the significant investment of taxpayer resources in postsecondary education, the federal government has an obligation to monitor higher education institutions that participate in federal student aid programs. While we share the goal of promoting accountability and integ...
Committee Leaders Seek Clarity on Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Requirements
May 23, 2014 -
Dear Attorney General Holder: In recent months, some federal student loan servicers have been scrutinized by the departments of Justice (DOJ) and Defense (DOD), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for allegedly violating the Service...
Members Urge Appropriations Committee to Prohibit Gainful Employment Regulation
May 22, 2014 -
Dear Chairmen Rogers and Kingston and Ranking Members Lowey and DeLauro: As you develop the fiscal year 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, we urge you to include in the base bill a bipartisan provision that prohibits the Department of Education from promulga...
Committee Leaders Request Details about Obama Administration’s Higher Education Executive Actions
Feb 12, 2014 -
Dear Mr. President: On January 16, 2014 the White House convened a summit with more than 100 college and university leaders and 40 non-profit organizations to discuss opportunities to expand access to higher education for low-income students. We share the goal of strengthening federal policy to ens...
Committee Urges Secretary Duncan to Select a Fair Rulemaking Panel on Higher Education
Jan 7, 2014 -
Dear Secretary Duncan: On November 20, 2013, the Department of Education published a Federal Register notice announcing the formation of a new negotiated rulemaking panel to examine six issues related to higher education. As the deadline approaches for announcing the list of negotiators, we urge yo...
Letter to Secretary Duncan on Streamlining Servicemembers' Student Loan Interest Rate Benefits
Oct 23, 2013 -
Dear Secretary Duncan: In preparation for the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce has been collecting feedback from the higher education community, students, and their families on ways to strengthen the nation’s postsecondary educ...
Committee Chairs Express Concerns About Higher Education Provisions in Senate Defense Appropriations Legislation
Sep 23, 2013 -
Dear Chairmen Rogers and Young and Ranking Members Lowey and Visclosky: As the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations Act moves through the legislative process, we write to oppose sections 8103 and 8104 of the Senate bill. While intended to punish bad actors from accessing higher edu...
Leaders Request Information on Regulatory Process from Agencies Within Committee's Jurisdiction
Sep 12, 2013 -
Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN), Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Su...
Bipartisan Coalition of Members Urge Administration to Drop Failed "Program Integrity" Regulations
Apr 18, 2013 -
Dear Secretary Duncan: Over the past four years, the Department of Education has embraced an active regulatory approach to define program quality. We urge you to abandon these efforts and instead let Congress address these issues as part of the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. I...
Kline Requests Information on Education Department's Adherence to Court Order Regarding Gainful Employment Rule
Aug 27, 2012 -
Dear Secretary Duncan: On October 29, 2010, the Department of Education finalized its program integrity rules, which significantly expanded the department's authority to require institutions of higher education offering programs leading to gainful employment to obtain approval of new academic progr...
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