The U.S. Department of Education (USED) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments concerning regulations and policy guidance that members of the public might recommend to be repealed, replaced, or modified. The Federal Register notice is in response to Trump’s Executive Order 13777, which requires federal agencies to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement, or modification, consistent with applicable law. The executive order says, that, at “a minimum, each Regulatory Reform Task Force shall attempt to identify regulations that:
(i) eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;
(ii) are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;
(iii) impose costs that exceed benefits;
(iv) create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies;
(v) are inconsistent with the requirements of section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001 (44 U.S.C. 3516 note), or the guidance issued pursuant to that provision, in particular those regulations that rely in whole or in part on data, information, or methods that are not publicly available or that are insufficiently transparent to meet the standard for reproducibility; or
(vi) derive from or implement Executive Orders or other Presidential directives that have been subsequently rescinded or substantially modified.”
The USED is seeking input from the public regarding this process. The regulations related to most USED programs can be found here. Those that are specific to special education are found here. A list of significant guidance documents under consideration may also be found here with special education guidance found here and here.
While it is unclear at this point which guidance or regulations may be affected, the public has the opportunity to provide input that could help trim unnecessary red tape. Secretary DeVos’ statement on this request and more information can be found here. Changes to guidance and regulations could impact parent notices. TransACT will closely monitor any of these changes to ensure that its parent notices are compliant will all guidance and regulations that are being enforced.
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