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Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.

Legislative Action

Child Welfare

Hearing

The House Subcommittee on Select Education last week held a hearing on the Child Abuse Prevention, Adoption, and Family Service Act of 1988.

Deputy Secretary of Education

Confirmation Hearing

The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last week held a hearing on the nomination of David T. Kearns to be deputy secretary of education.

Education Research

Hearing

The House Subcommittee on Select Education last week held a hearing on the Bush Administration's plan to redirect money earmarked for an education research center without Congressional approval.

Higher Education Act

Reauthorization Hearings

The House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee and the Senate Education, Arts, and Humanities Subcommittee last week held hearings on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Job Training Partnership Act

Hearing

The House Employment Opportunities Subcommittee last week heard testimony from Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin on proposed changes to the Job Training Partnership Act that would expand the youth program, refocus eligibility, and tighten procurement and accounting policies.

In the Education Department

Student Aid

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Education Department has proposed amending Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to implement a system for determining the immigration status of noncitizen applicants. The notice appeared in the April 29 Federal Register; comments are due June 28.

Technology Education

Final Rules

The Education Department published in the May 2 Federal Register final regulations for the technology-education demonstration program.

In Other Agencies

Lead in Drinking Water

Final Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency released standards last week giving the nation's largest water suppliers up to 21 years to reduce lead levels in household drinking water.

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