Publication Date: August 22, 2011

Posted Date: August 22, 2011

Subject: Notice of an Open Meeting/Hearing

FR Type: Notice


[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 162 (Monday, August 22, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52322-52323]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-21351]

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance: Hearing
AGENCY: Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Education.
ACTION: Notice of an Open Meeting/Hearing.
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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a 
forthcoming meeting/hearing of the
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Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. This notice also 
describes the functions of the Advisory Committee. Notice of this 
hearing is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. This document is intended to notify the general public.
    Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2011, beginning at 9:00 a.m. 
and ending at approximately 5:00 p.m.
ADDRESSES: Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom, 525 New Jersey 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20001.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Janet Chen, Associate Director of 
Special Analyses, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, 
Capitol Place, 80 F Street, NW., Suite 413, Washington, DC 20202-7582; 
(202) 219-2099.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY) 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committee on Student Financial 
Assistance is established under Section 491 of the Higher Education Act 
of 1965 as amended by Public Law 100-50 (20 U.S.C. 1098). The Advisory 
Committee serves as an independent source of advice and counsel to the 
Congress and the Secretary of Education on student financial aid 
policy. Since its inception, the congressional mandate requires the 
Advisory Committee to conduct objective, nonpartisan, and independent 
analyses on important aspects of the student assistance programs under 
Title IV of the Higher Education Act. In addition, Congress expanded 
the Advisory Committee's mission in the Higher Education Opportunity 
Act of 2008 to include several important areas: access, Title IV 
modernization, early information and needs assessment, and review and 
analysis of regulations. Specifically, the Advisory Committee is to 
review, monitor, and evaluate the Department of Education's progress in 
these areas and report recommended improvements to Congress and the 
Secretary.
    The one-day hearing will consist of two sessions. The first will be 
a discussion among representatives from the higher education community 
regarding the Advisory Committee's preliminary findings report on the 
Higher Education Regulations Study (HERS) to be released at the 
hearing. The second session will be a discussion among experts 
regarding the best practices of states and institutions to improve 
degree and certificate completion among nontraditional students.
    Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order 
to attend the meeting/hearing (i.e., interpreting services, assistive 
listening devices, and/or materials in alternative format) should 
notify the Advisory Committee no later than Friday, September 16, 2011, 
by contacting Ms. Tracy Jones at (202) 219-2099 or via e-mail at 
tracy.deanna.jones@ed.gov. We will attempt to meet requests after that 
date, but cannot guarantee availability of the requested accommodation. 
The meeting/hearing site is accessible to individuals with 
disabilities.
    Interested parties who wish to comment on one or both of the above 
topics may submit a written statement to the Advisory Committee. To 
provide written comment, please e-mail ACSFA@ed.gov indicating in the 
subject line one or both of the hearing topics. Send comments as an 
attached file, either .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Comments may also be mailed 
to: ACSFA, 80 F Street, NW., Suite 413, Washington, DC 20202-7582. 
Comments must be received on or before September 21, 2011.
    Space for the hearing is limited and you are encouraged to register 
early. You may register on the Advisory Committee's Web site, http://www2.ed.gov/ACSFA or by sending an e-mail to the following address: 
ACSFA@ed.gov or Tracy.Deanna.Jones@ed.gov. Please include your name, 
title, affiliation, mailing and e-mail addresses, and telephone and fax 
numbers. If you are unable to register electronically, you may fax your 
registration information to the Advisory Committee staff office at 
(202) 219-3032. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 21, 
2011.
    Records are kept for Advisory Committee proceedings, and are 
available for inspection at the Office of the Advisory Committee on 
Student Financial Assistance, Capitol Place, 80 F Street, NW.--Suite 
413, Washington, DC between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays. Information regarding the 
Advisory Committee is available on the Committee's Web site, http://www2.ed.gov/ACSFA.
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well as other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
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    Dated: August 17, 2011.
William J. Goggin,
Executive Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.
[FR Doc. 2011-21351 Filed 8-19-11; 8:45 am]
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