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Week of June 26, 2017

  • This week, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. However, neither chamber is expected to consider student financial aid-related legislation.

  •  On Monday through Thursday, all day, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) holds its 2017 National Conference in San Diego, CA. The conference provides up-to-date information on federal student aid programs from financial aid veterans. During the event, attendees will participate in sessions titled, “U.S. Department of Education Federal Update,” “Winding Down the Federal Perkins Loan Program,” “Financing Graduate Education: Who Enrolls and How Do They Pay,” “FAFSA: Proven Strategies to Increase Completion Rates,” “Financial Aid, The Way Your Students Want It,” “Borrower Defense to Repayment: Are You Ready for July 1, 2017,” “Innovative Alternative Loan Solutions,” “Student Debt: Rhetoric and Realities,” “Using Technology to Turn a Financial Aid Award Letter Into Financial Literacy for Students and Parents,” “NASFAA’s Recommendations to Improve the Partnership, Oversight, and Transparency with Federal Student Aid,” “One Letter, Big Results: Using Debt Letters to Encourage Smart Borrowing,” “Students and Credit: Consumer Credit Management,” and “How Students Can Reduce Their Loan Burdens Before and After They Graduate.” For further details and to register for the conference, visit the NASFAA website.

  • On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government holds a hearing to review the fiscal year 2018 budget request for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The witness will be: The Honorable Jay Clayton, Chairman, SEC.

  • On Wednesday through Friday, all day, the Education Commission of the States’ holds its National Forum on Education Policy in San Diego, CA. The event brings together education leaders from across all states to explore early learning through postsecondary education policy. During the conference, attendees will participate in sessions entitled, “Dual Enrollment Policies: Meeting the Emerging Challenges,” “Reverse Transfer Polices for Associate Degrees,” “Financial Aid Redesign: Servicing Adult Students with State Aid Policies,” and “Using Competency-Based Learning to Support Workforce Development and Educational Attainment.” For further details and to register for the conference, visit the event website.

  • On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education holds a hearing entitled, “Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen Education Research While Protecting Student Privacy.” Witnesses will be announced at a later date. The event will be livestreamed on the committee’s website.

  • On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade holds a hearing entitled, “The Federal Reserve’s Impact on Main Street, Retirees, and Savings.” Witnesses include: Dr. Norbert Michel, Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Dr. Paul Kupiec, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Dr. Karen Dynan, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; and Alex Pollock, Distinguished Senior Fellow, R Street Institute. The event will be livestreamed on the committee’s website.

  • On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) releases its updated 10-year budget and economic projections for the period covering 2017 to 2027. The agency will also release its June 2017 report on federal debt and when the nation will hit the statutory limit.

  • On Friday at 9:30 a.m., New America hosts a panel discussion titled, “Before Things Go Boom: Improving Government and Industry Competition Before it’s Too Late.” During the event, panelists will explore what public-private collaboration could look like beyond information sharing and seek to answer questions like: what can government do for industry, and who are the right people to lead these types of collaborations? Participants include: David Weinstein, Chief Technology Officer, State of New Jersey;  Kiersten Todt, Executive Director, Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity; Rick Howard, Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks; Gabe Galvan, Director for International Programs, MITRE; and moderator Ian Wallace, Co-Director, Cybersecurity Initiative, New America.
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