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Week of December 11, 2017

  • This week, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. While neither chamber is expected to consider student financial aid-related legislation, conference committee members are expected to meet to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of H.R. 1, the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act.”
  •  Today at 12:00 p.m., Third Way hosted a discussion titled, “Using Data to Get to and Through College: Part 3.” The final discussion of a three-part event series explored the opportunities and limitations of using data about student outcomes to better connect the postsecondary and workforce pipeline. It featured a conversation between pioneering institutional leaders and employers about how data can be used to best connect graduates with workforce needs, including: Dr. Lenore Rodicio, Executive Vice President and Provost, Miami Dade College; Dr. Bryan Wilson, Director, Workforce Data Quality Campaign, a project of National Skills Coalition; and Dr. Robert Sheets, Consultant, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and Research Professor, George Washington University.

  •  On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Federal Reserve holds a two-day meeting of its Federal Open Market Committee. The minutes for each regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee, which include a description of economic and financial conditions, are made available three weeks after its policy decisions are posted in the Federal Reserve Board’s Annual Report.

  • On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the House Education and the Workforce Committee meets to consider H.R. 4508, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, which would reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

  • On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity holds a hearing entitled, “An Update on the Implementation of the Forever GI Bill, the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017.” Witnesses include: MG Robert Worley II, USAF (Ret.), Director, Education Service, Veterans Benefit Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; William Hubbard, Vice President of Government Affairs, Student Veterans of America; and Kathleen Moakler, Director, External Relations and Policy Analysis, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

  • On Wednesday, time TBD, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee meets in executive session to consider the nomination of Mick Zais to serve as the next Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and the nomination of Jim Blew to serve as the next Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development of the U.S. Department of Education.

  • On Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., Federal Reserve Board of Governors Member Lael Brainard speaks at the award ceremony for the Workforce Development Video Campaign, co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Rochester, New York.

  •  On Thursday starting at 9:00 a.m., the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) holds a public meeting that will include a preview of FLEC’s plan for 2018 and beyond, a review of 2017 activities, and a presentation on economic trends that could inform the work of the FLEC in the upcoming months. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected to make remarks; U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza will also participate in the meeting. The meeting will be livestreamed on the FLEC website.

  • On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., New America’s Center on Education and Skills holds an event on its new report titled, “Youth Apprenticeship in America Today: Connecting High School Students to High Quality Apprenticeship.” The event will open with a keynote by Professor Joseph Fuller of Harvard Business School, followed by two panel discussions—one featuring experts currently leading youth apprenticeship initiatives, and another featuring national experts on future directions for the field.

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