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Senator Charles Grassley, 7/26/11

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Letter from Grassley (R-IO), ranking Republican on the Senate's Committee on the Judiciary, to Secretary Duncan expressing concern about reports that Department officials had contact with investors during the NPRM process. He wrote, "My concerns center on the possibility that senior Department of Education staffers may have provided information to  short sellers during the time leading up to the public release of the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on the recently finalized 'gainful employment' rule."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Senator Michael Enzi, 4/28/11

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Senator Enzi, the ranking Republican member of the HELP Committee wrote Duncan to request the release of "all Department of Education written correspondence, e-mail or otherwise regarding the development of the proposed gainful employment regulations." Enzi made this request in light of allegations and limited evidence of contact between investors and Department staff during the rulemaking process.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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United States Congress, 4/27/11

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A letter signed by 118 US Representatives expressing disappointment that the final budget compromise for 2001 did not include language prohibiting the Department of Education from implementing the proposed Gainful Employment regulations. The writers argue that, despite Obama's goal of leading the world in college graduates by 2020, "the Department's arbitrary proposed rules on private sector colleges and universities will disproportionately affect the most disadvantaged of students and limit access to one of the few sectors of higher education that continually evolves to meet workforce needs."

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Senator John Thune to Secretary Duncan, 3/23/11

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Letter signed by Thune and 16 other Republican Senators asking Secretary Duncan rescind the state authorization and credit hour sections of the program integrity rules. The Senators expressed support for efforts to "strengthen the quality of education" but argued that these rules failed to do so. In fact, "these rules could negatively affect the flexibility, freedom, and diversity" of American higher education.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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Senator John McCain, 2/11/11

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) wrote to Duncan to urge him "to withdraw the pending regulation and restart an open, transparent regulatory process to address any identified deficiencies across all institutions of higher education." McCain summarized the problems with the current regulations, including indications of a biased rulemaking committee, leaks from the Department to short sellers, and the well-known problems with the GAO report. McCain concluded by suggesting that regulations should not target one portion of the higher education sector based on their tax at.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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US House Committee on Education and the Workforce, 1/31/11

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Letter from Representatives Virginia Foxx and John Kline to Duncan expressing concern that the proposed gainful employment regulation does not comply with the Data Quality Act (DQA). This Act requires that regulations that meet the OMB's definition of "influential information" are subject to the requirement that outside entities can reproduce the data. Since no one has access to the underlying data, however, this reproduction is impossible.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman

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US House Committee on Education and the Workforce, 2/1/11

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Letter signed by five members of the Committee to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro regarding the investigation and report on the proprietary school sector completed by the GAO's Forensic Audit and Special Investigations Unit (FSI). The Committee members seek assurances that the problems that led to the report revisions have been dealt with by the GAO's internal investigation.

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AuthorKeith Blakeman