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Technical Amendments to the Higher Education Act

April 7, 2000

Honorable J. Dennis Hastert
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

I am pleased to submit for your consideration the "Higher Education Technical Amendments Act of 2000," a legislative proposal that would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA). The "Higher Education Amendments of 1998" (P.L. 105-244) reauthorized the HEA and was a massive and complex piece of legislation. As with any legislation of this size and scope, it is inevitable that some technical problems will be discovered later. The enclosed legislative proposal is designed to remedy drafting errors, make conforming changes, and address issues that have arisen in the course of negotiated rulemaking regarding the changes made by the Higher Education Amendments of 1998.

While most of the amendments in the enclosed legislative proposal may be considered minor "housekeeping" provisions, certain amendments are time-sensitive, including some of those affecting the Federal Family Education Loan eligibility of veterinary schools located outside the United States, the matching requirements for the Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program, and the effective date of recent changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. For that reason, I urge the speedy consideration and enactment of the "Higher Education Technical Amendments Act of 2000" by Congress.

My staff would be happy to provide you with any other information that you may require concerning the enclosed amendments.

The Office of Management and Budget advises that there is no objection to the submission of this proposal to the Congress from the standpoint of the President's program.


Frank S. Holleman III


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