On January 30, 2018, EDUCAUSE, a higher education technology association, submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education describing concerns that it had with the Federal Student Aid (“FSA”) ability to protect federal student financial aid data. EDUCAUSE’s members include IT professionals from over 1,800 colleges and universities as well as other organizations. View Full Post
The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division (Department)  issued a Memo dated January 10, 2018 (Granston Memo), directing Department of Justice attorneys to more seriously consider dismissing False Claims Act (FCA) cases filed by whistleblowers.  The Granston Memo enumerated several factors that prosecutors should consider when evaluating dismissal of qui tam actions.   View Full Post
Stating the obvious, college is one of the most important and expensive investments American make. In addition to tuition costs, from a consumer perspective, other factors should be important in deciding on a college, including graduate employment prospects, average student loan debt, and average number of semesters taken to complete a degree. View Full Post
The Connecticut State Department of Education (DOE) recently published guidance on implementing civil rights protections for transgender students. The guidance, in part, provides information on issues related to requests that a school change a student’s education records to be consistent with their chosen name and gender identity. View Full Post
On May 9, 2017, the Illinois Appellate Court held that the College of Du Page Foundation (Foundation), a fundraising organization for the public College of Du Page (College), is subject to the state’s open records law. In doing so, the Court rejected the Foundation’s argument that it was a charitable organization with no public role, and instead found that the Foundation was performing a government function for the College. View Full Post
On April 13, 2017, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published Spying on Students, a report detailing its investigation into school-issued devices and student privacy. EFF found that parents were overwhelmingly not informed about what educational technology (Ed Tech) their students were using. View Full Post
On Thursday, Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Commissioner John Koskinen testified that the personal data of up to a 100,000 taxpayers could have been compromised as a result of criminal use of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Data Retrieval Tool (“DRT”). View Full Post
Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced that the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable until extra security protections could be added. Since 2010, students have been able to use the DRT to transfer tax data directly into the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). View Full Post