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Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

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Office of the Secretary, Department of Education.


Semiannual regulatory agenda.


The Secretary of Education publishes a semiannual agenda of Federal regulatory and deregulatory actions. The agenda is issued under the authority of section 4(b) of Executive Order 12866, “Regulatory Planning and Review.” The purpose of the agenda is to encourage more effective public participation in the regulatory process by providing the public with early information about the regulatory actions we plan to take.

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Questions or comments related to specific regulations listed in this agenda should be directed to the agency contact listed for the regulations. Other questions or comments on this agenda should be directed to LaTanya Cannady, Program Specialist, or Hilary Malawer, General Counsel, Division of Regulatory Services, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Education, Room 6C128, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20202-2241; telephone: (202) 401-9676 (LaTanya Cannady) or (202) 401-6148 (Hilary Malawer). Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

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Section 4(b) of Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993, requires the Department of Education (ED) to publish, at a time and in a manner specified by the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, an agenda of all regulations under development or review. The Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 602(a), requires ED to publish, in October and April of each year, a regulatory flexibility agenda.

The regulatory flexibility agenda may be combined with any other agenda that satisfies the statutory requirements (5 U.S.C. 605(a)). In compliance with the Executive order and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Secretary publishes this agenda.

For each set of regulations listed, the agenda provides the title of the document, the type of document, a citation to any rulemaking or other action taken since publication of the most recent agenda, and planned dates of future rulemaking. In addition, the agenda provides the following information:

  • An abstract that includes a description of the problem to be addressed, any principal alternatives being considered, and potential costs and benefits of the action.
  • An indication of whether the planned action is likely to have significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601(6)).
  • A reference to where a reader can find the current regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • A citation of legal authority.
  • The name, address, and telephone number of the contact person at ED from whom a reader can obtain additional information regarding the planned action.

In accordance with ED's Principles for Regulating listed in its regulatory plan (78 FR 1361, published January 8, 2013), ED is committed to regulations that improve the quality and equality of services to its customers. ED will regulate only if absolutely necessary and then in the most flexible, most equitable, least burdensome way possible.

Interested members of the public are invited to comment on any of the items listed in this agenda that they believe are not consistent with the Principles for Regulating. Members of the public are also invited to comment on any uncompleted actions in this agenda that ED plans to review under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 610) to determine their economic impact on small entities.

This publication does not impose any binding obligation on ED with regard to any specific item in the agenda. ED may elect not to pursue any of the regulatory actions listed here, and regulatory action in addition to the items listed is not precluded. Dates of future regulatory actions are subject to revision in subsequent agendas.

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James Cole, Jr.,

General Counsel.

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Office of Postsecondary Education—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
89Borrower Defense1840-AD19

Office of Postsecondary Education—Completed Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
90Title IV of the HEA—Program Integrity and Improvement1840-AD14
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Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Proposed Rule Stage

89. Borrower Defense

Legal Authority: Section 455(h) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended

Abstract: The Department has begun negotiated rulemaking to develop proposed regulations for determining which acts or omissions of an institution of higher education a borrower may assert as a defense to repayment of a loan made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Federal Direct Loan) Program and identify the consequences of such borrower defenses for borrowers, institutions, and the Secretary.


ActionDateFR Cite
Notice of Intent to Establish Negotiated Rulemaking Committee08/20/1580 FR 50588

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Annmarie Weisman, Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 6W245, Washington, DC 20202, Phone: 202 453-6712, Email:

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Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Completed Actions

90. Title IV of the HEA—Program Integrity and Improvement

Legal Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001; 20 U.S.C. 1002; 20 U.S.C. 1091; 20 U.S.C. 1094; 20 U.S.C. 1099c; 20 U.S.C. 1070a; 20 U.S.C. 1087b; 20 U.S.C. 1087d; 20 U.S.C. 1087e; 20 U.S.C. 1088

Abstract: The Department issued regulations for the Federal Student Aid programs, authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). We are regulating in the following areas: cash management of funds provided under the title IV Federal Student Aid programs, clock-to-credit hour conversion, and repeat coursework.


ReasonDateFR Cite
Final Action10/30/1580 FR 67126
Final Action Effective07/01/16

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Nathan Arnold, Phone: 202 453-7874, Email:

RIN: 1840-AD14

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