NAICU Washington Update

Hundreds of Guidance Documents Rescinded

November 12, 2017

The Department of Education has withdrawn nearly 600 subregulatory guidance documents it deems to be outdated. The removed documents relate to elementary and secondary education, special education, and higher education. According to the Department, the guidance documents that have been rescinded have either been superseded by current law or are no longer in effect.
Nearly 400 of the withdrawn guidance documents relate to higher education. Examples of documents that were removed include guidance related to now-closed invitations for Experimental Site Initiatives or historical occurrences such as natural disasters.
The withdrawal of guidance documents is part of a larger deregulatory effort by the Department to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden. As part of this effort, the Department established a Regulatory Reform Task Force that has solicited public feedback on regulations or guidance that should be repealed, modified, or replaced. The full list of withdrawn guidance documents may be viewed in the Task Force’s October 2017 status report.

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