Office of Postsecondary Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Sessions (NRS)

The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) is responsible for issuing regulations to govern Title IV student aid policy. OPE follows a negotiated rulemaking process to help draft these regulations, as provided for by section 492 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Since 2006, OPE has enlisted CDS² to serve as the coordinating body and implementation mechanism for its Negotiated Rulemaking Sessions (NRS). We have led 15 separate sessions since contract inception, making logistical arrangements and providing non-federal negotiators to assist with the development of Title IV student aid policy. For each session, we assisted OPE and non-federal negotiators in identifying specific issues to use as guidelines for developing program regulations. Weprepared all necessary background documents and meeting materials, arranged for transcription services, provided logistical support for the sessions, and created formal summaries to report the major accomplishments of each session.