[Federal Register: February 1, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 20)]
[Page 4849]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Web-Based Education Commission; Notice of Establishment

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Education.

ACTION: Notice of Establishment of the Web-Based Education Commission.


SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education announces his intention to 
establish the Web-Based Education Commission under the authority of the 
Higher Education Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-244) and the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463; 5 U.S.C.A. Appendix 2).

PURPOSE: The Secretary has determined that the establishment of the 
Web-Based Education Commission is necessary and in the public interest 
in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the Department 
by law. This Commission is required to conduct a thorough study to 
assess the educational software available in retail markets for 
secondary and postsecondary students who choose to use such software. 
The Commission will hold public hearings throughout the United States 
to produce this study. The Commission will issue a final report to the 
President and Congress, not later than six months after the first 
meeting. This report shall contain a detailed statement of the findings 
and conclusions together with its recommendations. The recommendations 
shall address what legislation and administrative actions they consider 
appropriate; and what they regard as the appropriate Federal role in 
determining the quality of the educational software products. The 
Commission shall consist of Fourteen members, appointed by the 
President, Secretary, and Congress, who have expertise in the Internet 
technology industry, in accreditation, establishing statewide 
curricula, and establishing information technology networks pertaining 
to education curricula.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICIAL: Maureen McLaughlin, Deputy Assistant Secretary 
for Policy, Planning, and Innovation, U.S. Department of Education, 
Washington, DC 20202 Telephone: (202) 205-2987.

    Dated: January 26, 1999.
Richard W. Riley,
Secretary of Education.
[FR Doc. 99-2332 Filed 1-29-99; 8:45 am]