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Week of September 14, 2020

  • This week,the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. However, neither chamber is expected to consider higher education finance-related legislation .
  • Today at through Wednesday, all day, the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) holds its 25th Anniversary Conference in a virtual format. This year’s event includes the following sessions: Lightning Talk: Is College for Everyone with Austin Buchan, Chief Executive Officer, College Forward; Lightning Talk: Is College for Everyone with Tina Fernandez, Executive Director, Achieve Atlanta; Partnering for Success; Supporting Financial Literacy in K-12 Schools; Updates from the Office of Federal Student Aid; Outcomes-Based Funding, Race, and Higher Education Equity; Together We Will Go Further: Early Lessons on Networks to Increase Postsecondary Enrollment; Beltway Buzz: What Is Happening in Federal Policy; Structuring College Promise Programs for Equitable Outcomes; and The State of State Postsecondary Policy in 2020. For additional details, visit the event website .
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, all day, the Federal Reserve holds a two-day meeting of its Federal Open Market Committee to review the nation’s monetary policy. 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 Judiciary Committee meets in executive session to consider several pieces of legislation, including H.R. 2648, the Student Borrower Bankruptcy Relief Act, which would allow student and parent borrowers to discharge their student loans in bankruptcy. The markup session will be livestreamed from the committee website.

  • On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., NCHER holds its Monthly Membership Call, which will provide an update on federal and state efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, including any operational issues impacting the FFELP, Direct Loan, and private loan industry and their borrowers; 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 (CFPB), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Note: The call-in number has been circulated to each organization’s primary point of contact .

  • On Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., the CFPB holds a listening session with the Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law. During the event, the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board, Credit Union Advisory Council, and Community Bank Advisory Council will meet with the taskforce to share recommendations on improvements to the current state of federal consumer protection laws, regulations, and practices. The meeting is part of the taskforce’s ongoing public outreach efforts to solicit feedback to inform its work. The event will feature welcoming remarks from The Honorable Kathleen Kraninger, Director, CFPB. For more information, visit the CFPB website .

  • On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., NCHER holds its Monthly Membership Call, which will provide an update on federal and state efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, including any operational issues impacting the FFELP, Direct Loan, and private loan industry and their borrowers; 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 (CFPB), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Note: The call-in number has been circulated to each organization’s primary point of contact .

  • On Thursday and Friday , all day, Education Finance Council holds its annual Education Finance Conference, which offers insight from industry experts and up-to-date information on key issues and new developments impacting the student loan and postsecondary education industry, in a virtual format. This year’s event includes the following sessions: Keynote Remarks by Mark Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Office of Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education; State of Education Loan Servicing Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic; Employer-Based and Other Novel Innovations to Assist in Education Loan Repayment; State of the Education Loan Financial Markets; How Data Can Be Used to Improve Not for Profit Bond Issue Execution; Understanding and Avoiding UDAAP (Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices) Violations in the COVID-19 Reality; Transformation and Innovation for Business Operations, Information Systems, and Security; a Congressional staff panel; and a 2020 Presidential Election Outlook. For more information, visit the event website .

  • On Thursday all day, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute holds its annual Reagan Institute Summit on Education (RISE) in a virtual format. Each year, RISE brings together hundreds of leaders and key stakeholders in education, including members of Congress, higher education administrators, and leaders from the U.S. Department of Education and industry, to examine the challenges and fortify the strengths of the U.S. education system. This year’s event includes the following sessions: Part I: The Challenges of Our Time with Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Director, Hoover Institute; Keynote Discussion with The Honorable Betsy DeVos, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; and Part 2: Reimagining the Future with Margaret Spellings, President and Chief Executive Officer, Texas 2036, and Arne Duncan, Managing Partner, Emerson Collective. For additional details, visit the event website.

  • On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology holds a hearing titled, “Trump FCC: Four Years of Lost Opportunities.” Witnesses will be announced at a later date. The hearing will be livestreamed from the committee website.

  • On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee holds a hearing titled, “Time to Finish Fixing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.” Witnesses include: Kim Cook, Executive Director, NCAN; Rachelle Feldman, Associate Provost and Director of Scholarships and Student Aid, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Bridget Terry Long, Dean and Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard University; Judith Scott-Clayton, Associate Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; and Kristin Hultquist, Founding Partner, HCM Strategists. The hearing will be livestreamed on the committee website.
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