BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 4 - 16
Your Government Relations
Committee (GRC) Fall Forecast
Nov. 4-7, will
all of us
to meet and
WE KNOW THAT it
is not easy taking the time out of
your already packed day-to-day schedule to respond
to the various AACS GRC Calls to Actions, U.S.
Department of Education (Department) Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) comment submissions, and to participate in the GE, Borrower
Defense to Repayment, and other key issue webinars. Thank you all for your efforts. The good
news is your actions are having an impact!
Here are just two quick facts we thought you might
like to know:
* Over the past three months, 1,752 AACS activists
(including member institutions faculty and staff,
students, institutional vendors, and employers)
have generated 7,396 individual correspondence
to U.S. senators and representatives!
* Significant actions by AACS members (John Paul
Mitchell Systems Schools, Aveda Institutes
and other AACS institutions) provided several
hundred responses to submit in opposition to
DOE's highly questionable defense to Borrower
Fall is going to be another very important period
for our students and schools, and your GRC has
been hard at work preparing several new tools and
resources that we will unveil in the weeks, and
months ahead. To help you prepare for these new
resources, we thought the following "Fall Forecast"
might be of some assistance!
Be on the lookout for:
* Unveiling of AACS' updated GRC section of the
* Updated GE Calls to Action as Congress returns
from their longest, in recent recorded history,
August State/District Work Period to focus on
completion of the FY17 Appropriations bills -
including the vitally important Labor, HHS and
Education Appropriations bill with the potential
rider to either eliminate or delay implementation
* Continuation of AACS' GE 2.0 webinars, with
specific information on the Recent Graduate
Employment and Earnings Survey, and whether
or not it is in your school's best interest to prepare
to use the survey to challenge your GE data; and
* An additional summary of all the major comments to and webinar on the Borrower Defense
to Repayment regulations.
Here is a very brief summary on what we anticipate
in the coming months, with some key dates noted
As of press time, the big unknown is whether or
not Congress will truly attempt to complete the
Appropriations bills, or will simply "punt" them into
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either the lame duck session after the November
election or possibly even the new 115th Congress.
September 30, 2016 - the official end of the current
2016 Federal Fiscal Year.
Our primary legislative focus throughout the month is
likely to remain on the FY17 Appropriations process
and the Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations
bill. By months end, our attention turned to the
anticipated publication by the Department of the
Administration's Borrower Defense to Repayment
and State Authorization for Distance Education and
Correspondence Programs NPRMs.
October 1, 2017 - the official beginning of the new
Federal Fiscal Year, in this case FY 2017.
AACS Annual Convention & Expo, Nov. 4-7, will provide all of us with the opportunity to meet and assess
the status of our legislative and regulatory agendas.
While nothing is certain, your GRC believes strongly
that we will still maintain our legislative focus on
completion of the FY17 Appropriations process, and
the insistence that GE must be included in the final
Omnibus bill. At the same time, we will begin analysis
and assess the impact of the final Borrower Defense
to Repayment regulations, which we anticipate will
be published just days before our Convention.
The day after the completion of our conference is
Election Day, determining the 45th President of the
United States of America, and which party will have
control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
And if that were not enough, either this same week or
the following week, AACS anticipates that all institutions with programs subject to the gainful employment regulations will receive the initial publication and
receipt of their GE debt-to-earnings rates by program.
November 1, 2016 - the official deadline under
the "Master Calendar Rule" for publication by the
Administration and any Agency of final regulations
seeking to be implemented in the following year.
Under the Master Calendar Rule, final regulations
must be published by November 1 of the prior year
in order to be eligible to be implemented on July 1 of
the following year.
November 8, 2016 - Election Day
By No Later Than November 15, 2016 - the anticipated publication and submission the first set of GE
debt-to-earnings programmatic data.
Together we can, and will, continue to plan
for, respond to, and ultimately get beyond