Input Needed: Education Department calls for ideas on regulation modifications


Dear Colleagues:

We are writing to let you know of a request from the U.S. Department of Education for ideas from the public as to federal education regulations that should be modified or eliminated. The Department is particularly interested in regulatory provisions that you find “unduly costly or unnecessarily burdensome.” This request is the result of President Trump’s signing of an executive order in February directing federal agencies to form task forces “to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens.”

The Department is scheduled to publish a call for ideas in the federal register tomorrow. While you are welcome to submit your ideas personally, you may prefer to forward your ideas to CECU with the understanding that we will submit them to the Department on behalf of the sector. Should you wish to do the latter, please forward your comments to Melanie Young ( no later than Friday, July 14. Please also note that the Department requests that commenters be as specific as possible providing a Federal Register (FR) or CFR citation when referencing a specific regulation, or where practicable, a link when referencing a particular guidance document.

While we are already actively involved in responding to the Department’s announcements of new negotiated rulemaking for both Gainful Employment and Borrower Defense to Repayment, you should seriously consider whether there are other issues the Department should address. We encourage you to be pro-active, in a positive and constructive way. Thank you for all that you do!

Steve Gunderson
President & CEO