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ED: May 2011 Dates for Hearings Leading to Negotiated Rulemaking

Federal Register, May 5, 2011, Page 25650-25652

Agency

Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

Action

Intent to establish negotiated rulemaking committees.

Summary

We announce our intention to establish one or more negotiated rulemaking committees to propose regulations under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The committees will include representatives of organizations or groups with interests that are significantly affected by the subject matter of the proposed regulations, as described more fully in the Regulatory Issues section of this document. We also announce three public hearings, at which interested parties may suggest additional issues that should be considered for action by the negotiating committees. In addition, for anyone unable to attend a public hearing, we announce that the Department will accept written comments.
Finally, the Department announces that it will conduct roundtable discussions that focus on the areas of teacher preparation, college completion, and the Department's proposed ``First in the World'' competition, as more fully described in the Roundtable Discussions section of this document.

Dates

The dates, times, and locations of the public hearings and the roundtable discussions are listed under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. We must receive written comments suggesting issues that should be considered for action by the negotiating committees on or before May 20, 2011.

Addresses

Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not accept comments by fax or by e-mail. Please submit your comments only one time, in order to ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies. In addition, please include the Docket ID at the top of your comments. Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov to submit your comments electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for finding a notice, submitting a comment, finding a comment, and signing up for e-mail alerts, is available on the site under ``How to Use Regulations.gov'' in the Help section. Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery. If you mail or deliver your comments about these proposed regulations, address them to Nikki Harris, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 8033, Washington, DC 20006. Privacy Note: The Department's policy for comments received from members of the public (including those comments submitted by mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery) is to make these submissions available for public viewing in their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly available on the Internet.

Further Information

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the public hearings and roundtable discussions, go to http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2011/hearings.html or contact: Nikki Harris, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 8033, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: (202) 219-7050. You may also e-mail your questions about the public hearings to: negreg.2011@ed.gov. For information about negotiated rulemaking in general, go to The Negotiated Rulemaking Process for Title IV Regulations, Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/hea08/neg-reg-faq.html or contact: Wendy Macias, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 8017, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: (202) 502-7526. You may also e-mail your questions about negotiated rulemaking to: Wendy.Macias@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting Nikki Harris, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 8033, Washington DC 20006 Telephone: (202) 219-7050.

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