A quick look back at the news from last week. Compiled by Penn Hill Group.


This week, House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro released the Subcommittee allocations (which are known as 302(b)s) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 House appropriations bills. The full House Appropriations Committee subsequently approved these allocations. The House Appropriations Committee announced  that the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) FY2022 appropriations Subcommittee markup will occur on July 12 and the Full Committee LHHS FY2022 appropriations markup will occur on July 15.

The Congressional Budget Office released its  report on “The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2021 to 2031.”


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced it was releasing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding to support students with disabilities.

President Biden issued an Executive Order on “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce.”

ED’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) notified interested parties that it was abandoning the Interim Servicing Solution, a solicitation that would have provided a bridge between current companies and organizations that service Federal student loans and new contractors as part of the FSA’s NextGen Initiative.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Quarterly Supervisory Report this week, which included findings on how student loan servicers administered matters related to the  Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Several regulations related to higher education developed during the last year of the Trump Administration pertaining to distance education, TEACH grants and other matters went into effect this week.

ED published new proposed priorities for discretionary grant programs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on disparities in learning mode access among K-12 students.


The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) declined to consider an appeal of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, a case concerning a transgender student’s bathroom access in a Virginia school district.

SCOTUS declined to hear Conti v. Arrowood Indemnity Co, a case focused on whether student loans can be discharged in bankruptcy.


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