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  • $47,000 May Become Overtime Pay Threshold… Overnight

    (May 9, 2016) The U.S. Dept. of Labor has proposed almost doubling the salary threshold for employees eligible for overtime pay (who must then get paid on an hourly basis), with only 60 days from the time the regulations take effect for employers to adjust. If the Office of Management and Budget approves the proposal, this dramatic shift will hit institutions just in time for the fall semester.

  • IRS Agrees to 1098-T Delay

    (May 6, 2016) Tuition reporting changes for tax purposes established at the end of 2015 put many institutions in a difficult position, since their enterprise systems could not yet track and report tuition payments in the newly required way. EDUCAUSE along with many others supported NACUBO in requesting that the IRS delay implementation of the new requirements for a year to give system providers and institutions time to adjust. Earlier this week, NACUBO reported success – the delay has been granted.

  • EDUCAUSE Comments: Proposed Pell Surplus Reallocation

    (April 14, 2016) In support of the broader higher education community, EDUCAUSE joined a letter to Congress led by the American Council on Education in which the participating associations argued against proposals to reallocate the anticipated FY 2017 surplus in the federal Pell Grant program outside the program.

  • EDUCAUSE Policy: Interesting Reads

    “Interesting Reads” blog posts highlight articles on federal policy issues and developments that are relevant to EDUCAUSE members or provide insights on higher education policy in general. Issues in this set include cybersecurity education and workforce development, ECPA reform, a developing Internet of Things study, and distance education regulation.

  • FCC Privacy Rules Released

    (April 13, 2016) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new privacy rules for Internet service providers (ISPs) at the end of March. The proposed rules stem from the FCC’s ongoing implementation of the network neutrality rules it established last year. The underlying goal of the current regulatory process on privacy is to ensure that ISP consumers receive robust protections related to ISP management and use of consumers’ usage data and personally identifiable information. The public comment period for the proposed rules ends June 27, 2016.

  • EDUCAUSE Policy: Interesting Reads

    With our “Interesting Reads” blog posts, the EDUCAUSE Policy Office highlights recent articles on federal policy issues and developments that are directly relevant to members or provide insights on higher education policy in general.

  • NACUBO, Higher Education Community Highlight IRS 1098-T Problems

    (March 11, 2016) The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) has asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to delay implementing a change in IRS Form 1098-T tuition statements until 2017. The change in question creates significant difficulties for administrative systems and reporting processes at many colleges and universities, negatively impacting their ability to comply. On March 10, EDUCAUSE joined other leading higher education associations in sending a letter to the IRS reinforcing NACUBO’s request.

  • Copyright Office Studies DMCA Notice-and-Takedown Process

    (March 11, 2016) On December 31, 2015, the U.S. Copyright Office released a notice of inquiry (NOI) for a study of the DMCA notice-and-takedown process. The study stems from concerns that the current process may not serve either copyright holders or Internet service providers well. After consulting with members, EDUCAUSE is preparing comments that highlight the lack of accountability for rights holders and enforcement agents in relation to notice-and-takedown abuse and call for the Copyright Office to pursue new deterrents in consultation with DMCA stakeholders.

  • EDUCAUSE Comments: DMCA Anti-Circumvention Exemptions

    (March 10, 2016) At the end of 2015, the U.S. Copyright Office released a notice of inquiry (NOI) to inform its rule-making under Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which concerns adoption of “exemptions to the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works.” EDUCAUSE joined AAU, ACE, and APLU in submitting comments calling for changes that would make the process of establishing exemptions, which can facilitate fair use, less burdensome, more certain, and more effective for higher education stakeholders, such as faculty, librarians, and instructional designers/technologists.

  • EDUCAUSE Policy: Interesting Reads

    With our “Interesting Reads” blog posts, the EDUCAUSE Policy Office highlights recent articles on federal policy issues and developments that are directly relevant to members or provide insights on higher education policy in general.

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