Call for Negotiators for Upcoming Sessions of Negotiated Rulemaking

 As leaders in your states and regions, I wanted to reach out to you and request your assistance in finding negotiators for upcoming sessions of negotiated rulemaking. Last week, a notice was published in the Federal Register (76 FR 66248) announcing the Secretary’s intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed regulations under Title II and Title IV of the HEA, as amended. The Department has requested nominations for individual negotiators who represent key stakeholder constituencies for the issues to be negotiated. It’s critical that the financial aid community have several voices in these proceedings; as we’ve done in the past, NASFAA will be putting forward a slate of candidates from among our membership.

  • Timeline: The Department must receive nominations for negotiators from the community on or before Nov. 25, 2011—we therefore are asking for all nominations from our members to be submitted to NASFAA by no later than November 15, 2011, so that we can have time to vet and verify all potential candidates. Feel free to nominate yourself as well!
  • Qualifications: A good negotiator knows the programs and regulations intimately, understands the potential implications of regulation for schools and students, believes in the value of the cooperative endeavor that is negreg, and is willing to act in good faith to come to consensus on these important issues. It is also important that negotiators understand the time commitments required of negreg. This negreg will be held over the following dates:
    • Session 1: January 18–20, 2012.
    • Session 2: February 27–29, 2012.
    • Session 3: April 3–5, 2012

The first and second day of each session will begin at 9 a.m. and end  around 5 p.m. The final day of each session will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 12 p.m. For a better understanding of the negotiated rulemaking process, nominees should review the Negotiated Rulemaking Process for Title IV Regulations, Frequently Asked Questions.

Submitting a Nominee: Nominations should include:

  • The name of the nominee, the organization or group the nominee represents, and a description of the interests that the nominee represents.
  • Evidence of the nominee’s expertise or experience in the subject, or subjects, to be negotiated.
  • Evidence of support from individuals or groups of the constituency that the nominee will represent.
  • The nominee’s commitment that he or she will actively participate in good faith in the development of the proposed regulations.
  • The nominee’s contact information, including address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address.

 All nominations should be sent to policy@nasfaa.org.

Thank you for your time and effort!

 Justin Draeger

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