Update: Because of your efforts, our momentum is getting noticed. Rep. Zeldin has extended the deadline until Wednesday. If you haven’t already, PLEASE join our Call To Action and help delay Gainful Employment.
Call to Action
Please contact your elected officials today and ask them to co-sign a letter to President-elect Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Nominee Ms. Betsy DeVos seeking their support to immediately delay both the enforcement of the GE regulation and the implementation of the required institutional disclosures to enrolled and prospective students until both their Administration and the 115th Congress have had time to review them!
U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY- 1) will be circulating a “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) (attached) expressing concern with the out-going Obama Administration’s continued efforts to implement the gainful employment regulations in the final days of his time as President and the Department’s release of the Final Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) rates on Monday, January 9, 2017.
In response to Monday’s publication of the Final GE D/E rates, Rep. Zeldin has drafted a letter (included w/ DCL) to the new incoming Administration requesting that no further action be taken by the Department until the new Secretary of Education and the 115th Congress have had time to review them and determine whether or not to proceed with the implementation of the regulations.
As part of his letter, Representative Zeldin makes it clear that there is precedent for taking these actions, which would be similar to the in-coming Obama Administration’s 2009 directive to all Departments and Agencies instructing them to withdrawal rules that were not fully implemented and to stop any “rules which raise substantial questions of law or policy.”
Over the course of this week, Representative Zeldin will be seeking co-signors on the Trump/DeVos letter. The deadline for interested Members to contact their offices is Friday, January 13, 2017, with a goal of circulating the letter to collect the signatures on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, and presentation to both Mr. Trump and Ms. DeVos on Inauguration Day.
To show our support for Representative Zeldin’s vitally important letter, and in the hopes of achieving these deadlines, CSPEN is asking you to contact your members immediately to call their attention to Representative Zeldin’s DCL and urge them to add their name to the list of Representatives in support of the requests for delay of any further actions on the gainful employment regulations.
I write to you today to call your immediate attention to a House “Dear Colleague Letter” (attached) expressing concerns with the U.S. Department of Education’s release of the Final Gainful Employment Debt-to-Earnings Rates on Monday, January 9, 2017 and urge you to take immediate steps to add your name to the list of Representatives calling for a delay in any further implementation or enforcement of the regulations until the new Administration and Congress have had time to review them.
In immediate response to the publication of the Final GE D/E Rates, Representative Lee Zeldin has drafted a letter (included with DCL) to the new incoming Administration requesting that they:
“initiate directives immediately delaying both the enforcement of the regulation and implementation of the required institutional disclosures to enrolled and perspective students until both your Administration and the 115th Congress have had time to review the equity and efficacy of these regulations.”
As part of his letter, Representative Zeldin makes it clear that there is precedents for taking these actions, which would be similar to the Obama Administration’s 2009 directive to all Departments and Agencies instructing them to withdrawal rules that were not fully implemented and to stop any “rules which raise substantial questions of law or policy.”
“The time has come to take a fresh look at efforts to regulate in this area, contemplate why it has taken two full Presidential terms, two sets of federally negotiated rule making, and over 101 Department of Education Electronic Announcements and counting to try and complete the phase in of this fundamentally flawed regulation.”
I support this request and hope that on behalf of my students and institution you will too!
To do so, I am urging you to contact Matt Scott at Matthew.Scott@mail.house.gov by no later than this Friday, January 13, 2017. Representative Zeldin plans to circulate the letter early the week of January 16th so that it can be presented to the President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on or about Inauguration Day.
You can download the Call To Action and the Dear Colleague Letter from the CSPEN website:
Thank you in advance for your immediate consideration and support.
We look forward to seeing your name on the final letter!