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Week of October 16, 2017

  • This week, the U.S. Senate is in session for legislative business and is expected to consider its fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, which sets tax and spending priorities for the current fiscal year and includes reconciliation instructions to the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee to assemble a tax reform package. The U.S. House of Representatives is in recess and will return for legislative business on Monday, October 23, 2017.  

  •  Today starting at 2:00 p.m., the Lumina Foundation holds an event on the release of the final installment in its film series titled, “Looking Back to Move Forward: A History of Federal Student Aid.” The event will include a retrospective panel with James Bergeron, President, NCHER; Gabriella Gomez, Deputy Director, Postsecondary Success, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Jamie Merisotis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lumina Foundation; and Tom Parker, Senior Associate, Institute for Higher Education Policy. It will also include a panel on income-driven repayment history and research with Angela Boatman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University; Kevin James, Chief Executive Officer, Better Future Forward; and James Kvaal, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan.

  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, all-day, Strategic Insight and PLANADVISER host the annual 529 Conference in Orlando, FL. The highly-interactive and educational event drills down into the most significant trends and challenges facing the industry today and includes critical conversation and debate surrounding the latest legislative developments, product innovations, investment options, distribution strategies, marketing initiatives, consumer trends, and regulatory announcements. For details, visit the event website.

  • On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing entitled, “Consumer Data Security and the Credit Bureaus.” Witnesses include: Andrew Smith, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, on behalf of the Consumer Data Industry Association;  Marc Rotenberg, President, Electronic Privacy Information Center; and Chris Jaikaran, Analyst in Cybersecurity Policy, Congressional Research Service. 

  • On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., NCHER holds its Monthly Membership Call, which will provide a summary of the September 26, 2017 call of the Board of Directors; a summary and updates on major items being worked on by our committees, caucuses, and working groups; and a Washington Update, including recent legislative and regulatory actions by Congress, the White House, the Department of Education, the Department of Treasury, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Communications Commission. Note: The call-in number has been circulated to each organization’s primary point of contact.

  • On Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid holds a free webinar that guides students and families through a live demo of the 2018–19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. To register, click here.

  • On Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee meets in executive session to consider the nomination of Carlos Muniz to be the next General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Education.

  • On Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., the Federal Reserve releases its Beige Book. Eight times a year, the Fed releases its Beige Book, a summary of current economic conditions for the 12 Federal Reserve Districts based on anecdotal information gathered through reports from Bank and Branch Directors and interviews with key business contacts, economists, market experts, and other sources.

  •  On Thursday, all day, the Municipal Bond Women’s Forum holds its annual event in Chicago, IL. The forum will provide an opportunity for discussion, networking, and learning from women leaders in the municipal bond business. Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) Chief Education Officer Ritta McLaughlin will speak about the MSRB’s education initiatives and future market changes during the keynote session.

  • Friday is the deadline for the U.S. Department of Education to file an update with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on its corrective action plan for the procurement for debt collection services.

  •  On Friday at 7:30 p.m., Federal Reserve Board of Governors Chair Janet Yellen gives a speech titled, “Monetary Policy Since the Financial Crisis” at the National Economists Club Herbert Stein Memorial Lecture and Annual Dinner.

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