By Dr. Jill Dunlap, director of research and practice, October 4, 2018
Yesterday, NASPA staff members were busy advocating on behalf of student affairs professionals in the public policy arena. Dr. Stephanie Gordon, Vice President of Professional Development; Dr. Jill Dunlap, Director for Research and Practice; Teri Lyn Hinds, Directory of Policy and Advocacy; and Allison Tombros Korman, Senior Director of Culture of Respect, met with staff from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Education about the changes to Title IX proposed by the Department of Education in its leaked Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The goal of the meeting was to discuss the financial impact of those proposed changes on institutions, student affairs professionals and ultimately students. This blog will outline what OMB is and how that office interacts with Title IX regulations.
By Dr. Jill Dunlap, director for research and practice, October 6, 2018
The hearings for Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh brought feverish attention late last week across the country and internationally, even for those who don’t typically follow politics. The hearings included testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford, who bravely testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about being sexually assaulted in high school, an assault which Kavanaugh has been accused of committing. Attention to the hearings has no doubt been driven, in part, by the #MeToo movement and the growing intolerance for sexual misconduct in our culture. Institutions of higher education have been at the forefront of this culture change, spurred by student activism and increased federal focus on Title IX protections for students since 2011.
By Monica Nixon, Allison Tombros Korman, and Jill Dunlap, October 8, 2018
Monica Nixon, Assistant Vice President for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice; Allison Tombros Korman, Senior Director, Culture of Respect; and Jill Dunlap, Director of Research and Policy, share their perspectives on the national sexual violence conversation and where we go from here.
By Sara Garcia, Center for American Progress, October 2, 2018
The Department of Education has been focused on rolling back two borrower protection regulations, borrower defense to repayment and gainful employment. However, when the Department initially delayed the regulations in June 2017, many consumer protection groups, including the National Consumer Law Center, Harvard Legal Services Center Project on Predatory Student Lending, and state attorney generals from 18 states and the District of Columbia moved to take legal action to prevent the Department from dismantling the rule. In May the Department was required to release documents that would explain why it failed to deny any appeals under the rule.
By Mel Leonor, Politico, October, 5, 2018
The Trump administration’s letter of recommendation from Principal Deputy Under Secretary Diane Auer Jones, in support of reinstating recognition to the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), has been found to be misleading. Many accreditors the Department claimed to be in support of ACICS have now come forward stating that they never submitted letters of support. The inaccuracies in the statement has raised questions about the administration’s process for approving ACICS overall.
By James Hohmann, The Washington Post, October 5, 2018
This article ponders a series of questions outlined by Republican lobbyist Bruce Mehlman indicating a number of complications that could arise during midterms: 1. What if the election results are not accepted? 2. What if Trump shuts down the government in December to try securing full funding for the border wall he wants? 3. What I the civil wars in both parties get worse? 4. What will special counsel Bob Mueller do after the elections?
By Colin Dwyer, NPR, October 8, 2018
Now that Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed, it’s a fair time to consider his past statements and opinions in regards to key policy issues around: abortion, investigating the president, guns, campaign finance, and federal agencies and environmental agencies. In terms of guns, Kavanaugh has shown a strong belief in the Second Amendment and has disproved D.C.’s ban on handguns, and approved concealed-carry and felon-in-possession laws.
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-Primary Sponsor: Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) (Introduced 03/22/2018)
-Latest Action: 03/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration
The Secure Elections Act would require increased coordination between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a number of federal and state election agencies as well as streamline the voting audit process. This legislation was originally slated for a floor vote in August or September, but then mark-up in the Rules Committee was canceled on August 22. The primary Democratic sponsor, Sen Amy Klobuchar, has noticed that elected officials only have a small window to move a refined version of the legislation forward to pass the Secure Elections Act before midterms, which would reset the legislative calendar. However, it seems unlikely that the bill will pass during the male duck session.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) (Introduced 09/25/2018)
-Latest Action: 09/25/2018 Read twice and referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
This bipartisan legislation builds off of existing legislation, the Violence Against Women Act and followed a 1988 effort, the Women Veterans Health Program, to increase assistance for veterans experiencing domestic violence.
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-A Proposed Rule by the Food and Nutrition Service on 10/04/2018
-60-day comment period open that ends on 12/03/2018
Summary: “USDA proposes a deregulatory action to simplify the requirement for for-profit child care centers, for-profit adult care centers, and sponsoring organizations of for-profit centers in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to verify that they are eligible to submit claims for reimbursement each month. This rule would exempt for-profit centers from monthly verification if they annually demonstrate that at least 50 percent of children served are eligible for free and reduced-price meals or benefits under title XX of the Social Security Act, or at least 50 percent of adult participants are eligible for benefits under title XIX or title XX of the Social Security Act. Monthly verification represents a small but duplicative paperwork burden. Allowing a less frequent verification cycle would reduce the administrative burden for those centers that consistently serve a high percentage of eligible children or adult participants from low-income households.”
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