[April 30, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 82)]
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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (ED)                                           
  
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Office of the Secretary

34 CFR Subtitles A and B

Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Education.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: 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 pending regulatory activities.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or comments related to 
specific regulations listed in this agenda should be directed to the 
agency contact listed for the regulations. Questions or comments 
related to preparation of this agenda should be directed to Stanley M. 
Cohen, Division of Regulatory Services, Office of the General Counsel, 
Department of Education, Room 6E117, FB-6, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20202-2241; telephone: (202) 401-8300. Individuals who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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.

     The agenda includes only regulatory activities that have been 
assigned a Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) by the Regulatory 
Information Service Center.

     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 (71 FR 72775, published December 11, 2006), ED 
is committed to regulation that improves the quality and equality 
of services to its customers, learners of all ages. ED will 
regulate only when 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.

     This publication in the Federal Register 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.

Electronic Access to This Document

     You may view this document, as well as all other ED documents 
published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable 
Document Format (PDF), on the Internet at the following site: 
http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.

     To use PDF, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is 
available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, 
call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-
888-293-6498, or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.

     Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: 
www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/index.html.

Dated: March 1, 2007.

 Kent D. Talbert,

General Counsel.

                           Office of the Chief Financial Officer--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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714         Direct Grant Programs and Definitions That Apply to Department Regulations............    1890-AA14
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                            Office of the Chief Financial Officer--Long-Term Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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715         Protection of Human Subjects (Classified Research)....................................    1890-AA08
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                            Office of the Chief Financial Officer--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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716         State-Administered Programs...........................................................    1890-AA13
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                        Office of Elementary and Secondary Education--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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717         Migrant Education Program.............................................................    1810-AA99
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                         Office of Elementary and Secondary Education--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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718         Title I, Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged; Individuals With        1810-AA98
            Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)--Assistance to States for the Education of Children
            With Disabilities.....................................................................
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                               Office of Postsecondary Education--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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719         Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program, and William D.       1840-AC88
            Ford Federal Direct Loan Program......................................................
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                  Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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720         Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities.................    1820-AB59
721         Assistance to States for the Education of Children With Disabilities and Preschool        1820-AB60
            Grants for Children With Disabilities Programs........................................
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                            Office of Innovation and Improvement--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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722         Student Rights in Research, Experimental Programs, and Testing........................    1855-AA03
723         Family Educational Rights and Privacy.................................................    1855-AA05
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Department of Education (ED)                        Proposed Rule Stage
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)
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714. DIRECT GRANT PROGRAMS AND DEFINITIONS THAT APPLY TO DEPARTMENT 
REGULATIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 20 USC 1221e-3; 20 USC 3474

CFR Citation: 34 CFR 75; 34 CFR 77

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Secretary proposes to amend the regulations in 34 CFR 
part 75 and part 77 to align the discretionary grant selection criteria 
and continuation award standards with the performance management 
standards established for Department of Education programs. These 
amendments would improve the Department's ability to determine whether 
discretionary grant programs are achieving established performance 
measures under the Government Performance and Results Act and other 
performance management requirements and whether projects funded by the 
Department are establishing and meeting challenging and realistic 
performance milestones and targets. The Secretary also proposes an 
amendment to improve financial management of discretionary grants.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            10/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Peter Wathen-Dunn, Department of Education, Office of 
the General Counsel, Room 6E211, FB-6, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, 
Washington, DC 20202-2243
Phone: 202 401-6700

RIN: 1890-AA14
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Department of Education (ED)                          Long-Term Actions
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)
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715. PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS (CLASSIFIED RESEARCH)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 34 CFR 97

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Interim Final Rule               To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jeffrey Rodamar
Phone: 202 245-6153

RIN: 1890-AA08
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Department of Education (ED)                          Completed Actions
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)
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716. STATE-ADMINISTERED PROGRAMS

Priority: Other Significant

CFR Citation: 34 CFR 76

Completed:
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Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

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Final Action                    01/25/07                     72 FR 3698

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Agency Contact: Patrick Sherrill
Phone: 202 708-8196

RIN: 1890-AA13
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Department of Education (ED)                        Proposed Rule Stage
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
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717. MIGRANT EDUCATION PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 20 USC 6393, 6394, 6399

CFR Citation: 34 CFR 200

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Secretary proposes to modify regulations for the Migrant 
Education Program. These regulations would modify requirements 
concerning State funding allocations and clarify requirements 
concerning migrant child eligibility and State procedures for quality 
control.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            04/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism:  This action may have federalism implications as defined in 
EO 13132.

Agency Contact: Francisco Garcia, Department of Education, Office of 
Elementary and Secondary Education, Room 3E317, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, 
Washington, DC 20202
Phone: 202 260-1164

RIN: 1810-AA99

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Department of Education (ED)                          Completed Actions
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
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718. TITLE I, IMPROVING THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF THE DISADVANTAGED; 
INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA)--ASSISTANCE TO STATES 
FOR THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Priority: Other Significant

CFR Citation: 34 CFR 200; 34 CFR 300

Completed:
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Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

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Final Action                    04/09/07                    72 FR 17748

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jacquelyn Jackson
Phone: 202 260-0826

Alexa Posny
Phone: 202 245-7459

RIN: 1810-AA98
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Department of Education (ED)                           Final Rule Stage
Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)
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719. [bull] FEDERAL PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM, FEDERAL FAMILY EDUCATION LOAN 
PROGRAM, AND WILLIAM D. FORD FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 20 USC 1087aa to 1087hh; 20 USC 421 to 429

CFR Citation: 34 CFR 674; 34 CFR 682; 34 CFR 685

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, December 29, 2006, The statutory 
deadline for publication of these regulations is 12/29/2006.

Abstract: These interim final regulations amend the Federal Perkins 
Loan (Perkins Loan) Program, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) 
Program, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program 
regulations to implement the changes to the Higher Education Act of 
1965, as amended (HEA), resulting from the enactment of the Third 
Higher Education Extension Act of 2006 (THEEA), Public Law 109-292. 
These interim final regulations reflect the provisions of the THEEA 
that authorize the discharge of the outstanding balance of certain 
Perkins, FFEL, and Direct Loan Program loans for survivors of eligible 
public servants and other eligible victims of September 11, 2001, 
terrorist attacks.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Interim Final Rule              12/28/06                    71 FR 78075
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      01/29/07
Final Action                    04/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Brian Smith, Department of Education, Office of 
Postsecondary Education, Room 8053, 1990 K Street NW, Washington, DC 
20006-8540
Phone: 202 502-7551

John Utz, Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 
Union Center Plaza, 830 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20202-5345
Phone: 202 377-4008

RIN: 1840-AC88
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Department of Education (ED)                        Proposed Rule Stage
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
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720. EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH 
DISABILITIES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 20 USC 1431 to 1435

CFR Citation: 34 CFR 303

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These proposed regulations would implement statutory changes 
made to part C of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act 
governing the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers With 
Disabilities.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            04/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Alexa Posny, Department of Education, Office of Special 
Education and Rehabilitative Services, Room 4109, PCP, 400 Maryland 
Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-2641
Phone: 202 245-7459

RIN: 1820-AB59
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721. ASSISTANCE TO STATES FOR THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WITH 
DISABILITIES AND PRESCHOOL GRANTS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES 
PROGRAMS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 20 USC 1221e-3; 20 USC 1406; 20 USC 1411 to 1419

CFR Citation: 34 CFR 300

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These proposed regulations would amend recently issued final 
regulations governing the Assistance to States for the Education of 
Children With Disabilities and Preschool Grants for Children With 
Disabilities programs under the Individuals With Disabilities Education 
Act (71 FR 46540). Proposed new provisions, determined necessary for 
effective administration of certain areas of these programs and not 
subject to public comment in prior rulemaking, include representation 
of parents by non-attorneys in due process hearings, revocation of 
consent after a parent agrees to services, and base payments to local 
educational agencies.

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Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            06/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Alexa Posny, Department of Education, Office of Special 
Education and Rehabilitative Services, Room 4109, PCP, 400 Maryland 
Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-2641
Phone: 202 245-7459

RIN: 1820-AB60
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Department of Education (ED)                        Proposed Rule Stage
Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII)
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722. STUDENT RIGHTS IN RESEARCH, EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAMS, AND TESTING

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 20 USC 1232h

CFR Citation: 34 CFR 98

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations are needed to implement amendments to 
section 445 of the General Education Provisions Act, as amended--
commonly referred to as the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment 
(PPRA)--resulting from (1) section 1017 of the Goals 2000 Educate 
America Act (Pub. L. 103-227; 20 U.S.C. 1232h) and (2) legislation 
passed as part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) (Pub. L. 
107-110). Section 1017 of Goals 2000 amended PPRA to require schools, 
in certain instances, to make specific educational materials available 
to parents for inspection. The provision also amended PPRA to prohibit 
schools from requiring students to submit to certain surveys, analyses, 
or evaluations without parental consent. Amendments made to PPRA by 
NCLB specify certain subjects on which local educational agencies, in 
consultation with parents, must develop and adopt policies. These 
amendments also require local educational agencies to directly notify 
parents of these policies and permit parents to opt out of certain 
activities. As our next action, we will issue a new NPRM incorporating 
the amendments resulting from NCLB, as well as the earlier amendments 
resulting from the Goals 2000 Educate America Act.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            08/28/95                    60 FR 44696
NPRM Comment Period End         10/27/95
Second NPRM                     07/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Ellen Campbell, Department of Education, Family Policy 
Compliance Office, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 2W117, Washington, DC 
20202-4605
Phone: 202 260-3887

Related RIN: Previously reported as 1880-AA66
RIN: 1855-AA03
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723. FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 20 USC 1232g

CFR Citation: 34 CFR 99

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These proposed regulations would implement amendments to 
section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act, as amended--
commonly referred to as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 
of 1974 (FERPA)--resulting from the USA Patriot Act (Pub. L. 107-56), 
the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, and section 1601(d) of the 
Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 
106-386). These amendments also would implement two U.S. Supreme Court 
decisions interpreting FERPA and make other necessary changes regarding 
permissible disclosures of education records, the safeguarding of 
education records, permissible redisclosures of education records by 
State and Federal officials, and investigation and enforcement 
procedures.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            07/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Ellen Campbell, Department of Education, Family Policy 
Compliance Office, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 2W117, Washington, DC 
20202-4605
Phone: 202 260-3887

RIN: 1855-AA05
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