ED Regulatory Reform Task Force Progress Report and a Request for Comments

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a statement on the Department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force’s first progress report as required by President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13777. The Department has also published a Federal Register notice to provide members of the public the opportunity to submit comments concerning regulations and policy guidance they recommend the Department repeal, replace or modify.


  • The Department’s regulations are codified in subtitles A and B of title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), which are available in electronic format at the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) Website:
  • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Guidance Documents:


We must receive your comments no later than August 21, 2017.


What To Submit

The Department requests that commenters be as specific as possible by:

  • Providing a Federal Register (FR) or CFR citation when referencing a specific regulation or, where practicable, a link when referencing a particular guidance document;
  • including any supporting data or other applicable information;
  • providing specific suggestions regarding repeal, replacement, or modification; and
  • explaining with specificity why the referenced regulation or guidance should be repealed, replaced, or modified.

Wherever possible, please list the citations to the specific regulatory sections or titles of guidance documents to which your comments pertain in a subject line or otherwise at the beginning of your comments. We are particularly interested in regulatory provisions that you find unduly costly or unnecessarily burdensome. Although we will not respond to individual comments, the Department values public feedback and will give careful consideration to all input that we receive. Individual program offices of the Department will also be conducting outreach on this same topic.

How To Submit

Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not accept comments by fax or email. To ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies, please submit your comments only once. In addition, please include the Docket ID [ED-2017-OS-0074] at the top of your comments.

Federal eRulemaking Portal:
Go to www.regulations.gov to submit your comments electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing agency documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket is available on the site under the “Help” tab.

If you mail or deliver your comments in response to this request, address them to:

Hilary Malawer
400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 6E231
Washington, DC 20202