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Week of September 24, 2018

  • This week, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. While the Senate is not expected to consider student financial aid-related legislation, the House is scheduled to take up the conference report to the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act; and three bills that House Republicans have said will build on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed last year dubbed “Tax Reform 2.0” (H.R. 6756, the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018; H.R. 6757; H.R. 6757, the Family Savings Act of 2018; and H.R. 6760, the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018).

  • Today and tomorrow, all-day, IMN hosts ABS East 2018 in Miami Beach, FL. The event brings together more than 4,000 structured finance professionals, including more than 2,000 issuers and investors in the Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) market, for sessions geared around content and networking. Sessions include: What Will the Structured Finance Market Look like in 2025; Student Loans: Hot Button Issues in FFELP, Refi’s, and Private Lending; Status Check on Regulatory Reform; LIBOR Cessation, Replacement, and Continuation; and a Marketplace Lending Sector Snapshot. For more information, visit the event website.

  •  Today through Wednesday, all day, the National College Access Network holds its National Conference titled, “Building Bridges to Success,” in Pittsburgh, PA. More than 1,000 participants in the higher education, nonprofit, K-12, policy, and philanthropic communities will gather for professional development and best-practice sharing to help increase the postsecondary enrollment and success of first-generation, low-income, and minority students. During the event, attendees will hear remarks from Dr. A. Wayne Johnson, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Federal Student Aid. For details, visit the event website.

  • Today through Wednesday, all day, Strategic Insight and PLANADVISOR host the annual 529 Conference titled, “Education Financial Planning: Required Insight for the 529 Industry,” in Orlando, FL. This conference drills down into the most significant trends, challenges, and opportunities facing the industry today and includes conversation and debate surrounding the latest legislative developments such as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Prosper Act, product innovations, investment options, distribution strategies, marketing initiatives, operational enhancements, consumer trends, and regulatory announcements. Session topics include: Federal Regulatory Framework; Plan Governance and Administration Best Practices; Structuring and Evaluating the Investment Line-Up; Tax Benefits and Planning; Financial Aid: Lifecycle of Planning, Savings, and Paying for College; and Comparing College Savings Vehicles: How do 529s Stack Up.” For details and to register for the conference, visit the event website.

  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, all day, 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 7:00 p.m., Mapping Your Future hosts a free interactive webinar to answer student and parent questions about the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For details and to register, visit the event website.

  • On Wednesday through Friday, all-day, the National Association of Bond Lawyers hosts its annual workshop titled, “Fresh Perspectives and New Challenges,” in Chicago, IL. During the event, attendees will attend sessions on: refunding and reissuance; private activity bond tests – fundamental principles; hot topics in tax policy; tax issues in 501(c)(3) financings; ethics and technology; understanding the underwriting process; and interest rate swaps and LIBOR phase-out update.

  • On Wednesday starting at 8:30 a.m., The Century Foundation and New York University host a seminar titled, “Higher Ed 2020: College Affordability Ideas for the Next Congress and Beyond.” At the event, higher education experts, lawmakers, faculty, and advocates will discuss and debate the next big thing in college affordability. Participants include: Mark Zuckerman, President, The Century Foundation; Robert Shireman, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation; Tiffany Jones, Director of Higher Education Policy, The Education Trust; James Kvaal, President, The Institute for College Access and Success; Amy Li, Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado; Julie Margetta Morgan, Senior Fellow, Roosevelt Institute; Adam Harris, Writer, The Atlantic; Colleen Campbell, Associate Director, Postsecondary Education, Center for American Progress; Will Doyle, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Vanderbilt University; Mark Huelsman, Associate Director of Policy and Research, Demos; Kevin James, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Better Future Forward; Jonathan Voss, Vice President, Lake Research; Jen Mishory, Senior Fellow and Senior Policy Advisor, The Century Foundation; Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Co-Executive Director, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality; Christian Haines, Senior Education Policy Counsel, Office of Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA); Rachelle Sharpe, Deputy Executive Director, Washington Student Achievement Council, and President, National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs; Zakiya Smith Ellis, Secretary of Higher Education, State of New Jersey; Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI); Mamie Voight, Vice President of Policy Research, Institute for Higher Education Policy; Reid Setzer, Government Affairs Director, Young Invincibles; and Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology, Temple University; Founder, Wisconsin HOPE Lab; and Founder, HOPE Center for College, Community and Justice. For details and to register, visit the event website.

  • On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee holds a hearing entitled, “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy.” Witnesses include: Len Cali, Senior Vice President—Global Public Policy, AT&T Inc.; Andrew DeVore, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Amazon.com, Inc.; Keith Enright, Chief Privacy Officer, Google LLC; Damien Kieran, Global Data Protection Officer and Associate Legal Director, Twitter, Inc.; Guy (Bud) Tribble, Vice President for Software Technology, Apple Inc.; and Rachel Welch, Senior Vice President, Policy and External Affairs, Charter Communications, Inc. The hearing will be livestreamed from the committee’s website.

  • On Thursday starting at 9:00 a.m., the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) holds an event titled, “The Future of U.S. Higher Education: Confronting Challenges in a Changing Landscape.” During the event, Former House Education and Workforce Committee Chairmen George Miller (D-CA) and Buck McKeon (R-CA) will launch a new BPC Task Force on Higher Education Financing and Student Outcomes and a group of experts will share their perspectives on key issues, including an exploration of the roles that the federal government, the states, and institutions can play in promoting better outcomes, access, and affordability. Participants include: Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA); Robert Anderson, President, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association; Kimberly Hefling, Senior Education Writer, Politico; Tiffany Jones, Director of Higher Education Policy, The Education Trust;  James Kvaal, President, Institute for College Access and Success; Betty Vanderbosch, Chancellor, Purdue University Global; Mark Schneider, Director, Institute of Education Sciences; Michele Siqueiros, President, Campaign for College Opportunity; Scott Jenkins, Strategy Director, The Lumina Foundation; and Dan Madzelan, Assistant Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, American Council on Education  For details and to register, visit the event website.

  • On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access holds a hearing entitled, “The Local Impact of Economic Growth.” The Subcommittee will examine how the recent economic expansion is affecting minority-owned small businesses. Witnesses include: Larry Lopez, President, Green JobWorks LLC (Testifying on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors); Mansour Azimipour, President, A&K Development Corporation; Brenda Jones Barwick, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jones Public Relations (Testifying on behalf of Women Impacting Public Policy); and Valarie Cofield, President and Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council. The event will also be livestreamed from the committee’s website.

  • On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Homeland Security and Government Relations Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management holds a hearing titled, “Examination of the Effects of Regulatory Policy on the Economy and Business Growth.” Witnesses include: The Honorable Howard Shelanski, Georgetown University Law Center; Dr. Dustin Chambers, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Finance, Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, Salisbury University; Karen Kerrigan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council; and Maria Ghazal, Senior Vice President and Counsel, Business Roundtable.

  • On Thursday at 1:30 p.m., the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) hosts a meeting of its Consumer Advisory Board to discuss policy issues related to financial technology. The meeting’s agenda includes opening remarks by Acting Director Mick Mulvaney and a discussion on “Credit Invisibles and Alternative Data: Opportunities to Improve Credit Profiles.” For a livestream of the meeting, visit the Bureau website.

  •  On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the CFPB hosts a webinar to learn about the Bureau’s new study on pathways to financial well-being, with a focus on financial skill. The webinar will also explore tools and resources to help consumers improve financial well-being. To join the webinar, click here. To only listen to the webinar, call (888) 324-9615 and use passcode 1268310.

  •  On Thursday at 4:30 p.m., Federal Reserve Board of Governors Chairman Jerome Powell provides remarks on the U.S. economy at the Rhode Island Business Leaders Day hosted by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).

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