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Sally L. Stroup,
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Reauthorization of the Higher
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Education Act; Public Hearing
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the number of individuals who reserve Education Act and the Administration
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participants are also encouraged to amending the HEA, we are interested in
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schedule and proposed agenda of the issues and questions discussed under significant amounts of funding for the
upcoming public hearing regarding SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. programs authorized in the HEA are
proposals for the reauthorization of the Given the expected number of wisely spent. We are also looking to
Higher Education Act (HEA). The Office individuals interested in providing build upon successful program results
of Postsecondary Education (OPE) comments at the hearing, reservations in providing access to students,
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regarding proposals for amending and made as soon as possible. However, retention in higher education programs
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a strong foundation of support for Electronic Access to This Document Office of Environment, Safety, and
higher education. Some need to be made You may view this document, as well Health, Department of Energy, 1000
more effective in achieving better as all other Department of Education Independence Avenue, SW.,
results. As part of reauthorization, we documents published in the Federal Washington, DC 20585.
are interested in hearing how to make Register, in text or Adobe Portable Issued in Washington, DC on February 3,
the HEA programs work better and Document Format (PDF) on the Internet 2003.
complement the President’s efforts to at the following site: Mark B. Whitaker, Jr.,
ensure that all Federal programs focus legislation/FedRegister.
on stronger accountability for results. Departmental Representative to the Defense
To use PDF you must have Adobe Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.
The goal of this hearing is to receive Acrobat Reader, which is available free
proposals for solutions to the numerous at this site. If you have questions about The Secretary of Energy
challenges that are currently facing using PDF, call the U.S. Government Washington, DC 20585
postsecondary education. Therefore, Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1–
comments are encouraged in the 888–293–6468; or in the Washington, January 31, 2003.
following priority areas: DC, area at (202) 512–1530. The Honorable John T. Conway, Chairman,
a. How can we improve access and Note: The official version of the document Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board,
promote additional educational is published in the Federal Register. Free 625 Indiana Avenue, NW., Suite 700,
opportunity for all students, especially Internet access to the official edition of the Washington, DC 20004
students with disabilities, within the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Dear Mr. Chairman: The Department of
framework of the HEA? How can the Regulations is available on GPO Access at: Energy (Department) acknowledges receipt of
Federal Government through the HEA
the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s
encourage postsecondary students to Dated: February 6, 2003. (Board) Recommendation 2002–3,
make consistent progress in the Sally L. Stroup, Requirements for the Design,
completion of their programs of study Implementation, and Maintenance of
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary
and to obtain their certificates or Education. Administrative Controls. Recommendation
degrees? 2002–3 was issued on December 11, 2002
[FR Doc. 03–3397 Filed 2–10–03; 8:45 am]
b. How can existing HEA programs be and published in the Federal Register on
changed and made to work more December 20, 2002. The Department agrees
efficiently and effectively? In what ways that we must assure the critical assumptions
do they need to be adapted or modified used in defining and analyzing the basis for
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY safe operations are properly developed,
to respond to changes in postsecondary
education that have occurred since appropriately implemented, and effectively
DOE Response to Recommendation preserved. If the critical assumptions depend
1998? 2002–3 of the Defense Nuclear on administrative controls, we agree those
c. How can HEA programs be changed Facilities Safety Board, Requirements controls should be treated appropriately.
to eliminate any unnecessary burdens for the Design, Implementation, and Therefore, the Department accepts the
on students, institutions, or the Federal Maintenance of Administrative recommendation and will develop an
Government, yet maintain Controls implementation plan to respond to the
accountability of Federal funds? How recommendation.
can program requirements be simplified, AGENCY: Department of Energy.
ACTION: Notice. The Department of Energy’s (DOE)
particularly for students? implementation plan will address how we
d. How can we best prioritize the use SUMMARY: The Defense Nuclear will review existing DOE requirements and
of funds provided for postsecondary Facilities Safety Board Recommendation guidance to determine where further
education and the benefits provided 2002–3, concerning the requirements for consolidation or clarification is needed to
under the HEA programs? How can the the design, implementation, and assure proper focus on those administrative
significant levels of Federal funding maintenance of administrative controls controls that perform important safety
already provided for the HEA programs at Department of Energy Defense functions similar to safety-class or safety-
best help to further the goals of Nuclear Facilities was published in the significant controls. Additionally, the plan
improving educational quality, Federal Register on December 20, 2002 will address how we will evaluate safety
expanding access, and ensuring (67 FR 77963). In accordance with basis documents to identify administrative
affordability? section 315(b) of the Atomic Energy Act controls critical to preventing or mitigating
e. Are there innovative and creative of 1954, as amended, 42 U.S.C. accident consequences. We will strengthen
ways the Federal Government can 2286d(b), the Secretary transmitted the our processes to ensure those critical
integrate tax credits, deductions, and following response to the Defense administrative controls are properly
tax-free savings incentives with the Nuclear Facilities Safety Board on implemented.
I have asked the Assistant Secretary for
Federal student aid programs in the January 31, 2003.
Environment, Safety and Health, Beverly
HEA to improve access to and choice in DATES: Comments, data, views, or
Cook, to ensure the successful completion of
postsecondary education? arguments concerning the Secretary’s the implementation plan we will develop in
f. What results should be measured in response are due on or before March 3, response to your recommendation. Mr.
each HEA program to determine the 2003. Richard Black, Director of the Office of
effectiveness of that program? ADDRESSES: Send comments, data, Nuclear and Facility Safety Policy, is the
g. Are there other ideas or initiatives views, or arguments concerning the responsible manager for the preparation of
that should be considered during Secretary’s response to: Defense Nuclear the Department’s implementation plan.
reauthorization that would improve the Facilities Safety Board, 625 Indiana Sincerely,
framework in which the Federal Avenue, NW., Suite 700, Washington,
Spencer Abraham.
Government promotes access to DC 20004.
postsecondary education and ensures FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: [FR Doc. 03–3374 Filed 2–10–03; 8:45 am]
accountability of taxpayer funds? Beverly Cook, Assistant Secretary. BILLING CODE 6450–01–P

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