The Department announced it would establish five negotiated rulemaking (negreg) committees to prepare proposed regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) on Dec. 31, 2008. The Department will kick off the HEOA negreg process today as Team IV meets to discuss discretionary grant issues. The remaining four negreg teams will meet in the coming weeks for their initial meeting. The five negreg teams created by the Department are:
Financial aid administrators will be well represented at these meetings. NASFAA staff and members will attend negreg meetings to ensure that financial aid concerns are addressed throughout the process.
Team IV will meet today through Friday to discuss the following issues:
Under negotiated rulemaking, the Department works to develop a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in collaboration with representatives of the parties who will be affected significantly by the regulations. This is done through a series of meetings during which these representatives, referred to as negotiators, work with the Department to come to consensus on the Department's proposed regulations. These meetings are facilitated by a neutral third-party.
The Department is specifically required by law to use negotiated rulemaking to develop NPRMs for programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (Title IV programs) unless the Secretary determines that doing so is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.
Publication Date: 2/18/2009