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The Conference Committee worked diligently to bring the membership a conference with sessions focused on timely topics and opportunities to network with colleagues. One critical part of having a great conference is everyone’s participation. The committee and the Executive Board appreciate everyone who contributed ideas for conference sessions, offered to present, and contributed their time, support and expertise to the conference. We especially thank our vendors, our presenters, and our moderators. In addition, we offer a special thanks to Nasim Keshavarz for designing our conference logo.
Thank you to those who attended this year’s conference and those of you who encouraged others to attend. We hope you found the conference valuable. Please go online to www.dedcmdasfaa.org to complete the conference evaluation. Completing the evaluation is a great way to provide the Conference Committee with feedback, tell us what was most beneficial, and help us to identify opportunities for improvement. The feedback we receive is carefully analyzed and considered and will be utilized for next year’s conference.
The Conference Committee thanks you for your help.
Your 2008-2009 Federal Relations Committee hopes you’ve had a smooth processing this past fall. And we hope your winter/spring processing is proceeding smoothly. It has continued to be a year of lots of activity on the Hill and much change, with ECASLA and the passing of the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Out of that, we expect Negotiated Rulemaking to be quite busy and engaging this winter in DC.
As your Federal Relations Committee (FRC), one of our goals is to ensure that you have the tools to become an active part of shaping our Title IV laws and regulations. We want you to feel comfortable providing insight to your representatives and the Department of Education who really do want to hear from us, the front lines in the financial aid industry. We administer the funds that provide the access for our students to earn their degrees that these laws and regulations are all about.
We see NASFAA taking new directions this year with their Listening Sessions across the country, and their call for negotiators, observers, and advisors for the upcoming negotiated rulemaking. These are very encouraging signs. We encourage you to participate where and when you can. And if you don’t have the opportunity for formal participation, just send an email to NASFAA to let them know your thoughts. Now is the time.
Your Federal Relations Committee asks that you keep your email open. We’ll continue sending out legislative/regulatory updates, opportunities for training on the new laws and regulations, and other opportunities to participate in the process as we receive them. Please also let us know if there’s any area that you want us to focus on. We want your feedback.
This coming year we have several activities planned, including more Negotiated Rulemaking visits, Hill visits in May with EASFAA, and a gathering with Hill staffers. Please stay tuned!