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(1) PRE-1987 PARTS C AND D OF TITLE VII.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999 and for each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years to pay obligations incurred prior to 1987 under parts C and D of title VII, as such parts were in effect before the effective date of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992.
(2) POST-1992 AND PRE-1998 PART C OF TITLE VII.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999 and for each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years to pay obligations incurred prior to the date of enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 under part C of title VII, as such part was in effect during the period
(A) after the effective date of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992; and
(B) prior to the date of enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. (b) LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES.
(1) PRE-1987 TITLE VII.—All entities with continuing obligations incurred under parts A, B, C, and D of title VII, as such parts were in effect before the effective date of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, shall be subject to the requirements of such part as in effect before the effective date of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992.
(2) POST-1992 AND PRE-1998 PART C OF TITLE VII.-All entities with continuing obligations incurred under part C of title VII, as such part was in effect during the period
(A) after the effective date of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992; and
(B) prior to the date of enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, shall be subject to the requirements of such part as such part
was in effect during such period. SEC. 122. (20 U.S.C. 1011k) RECOVERY OF PAYMENTS.
(a) PUBLIC BENEFIT.-Congress declares that, if a facility constructed with the aid of a grant under part A of title VII as such part A was in effect prior to the date of enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, or part B of such title as part B was in effect prior to the date of enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, is used as an academic facility for 20 years following completion of such construction, the public benefit accruing to the United States will equal in value the amount of the grant. The period of 20 years after completion of such construction shall therefore be deemed to be the period of Federal interest in such facility for the purposes of such title as so in effect.
(b) RECOVERY UPON CESSATION OF PUBLIC BENEFIT.If, within 20 years after completion of construction of an academic facility which has been constructed, in part with a grant under part A of title VII as such part A was in effect prior to the date of enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, or part B of title VII as such part B was in effect prior to the date of enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992
(1) the applicant under such parts as so in effect (or the applicant's successor in title or possession) ceases or fails to be a public or nonprofit institution; or
(2) the facility ceases to be used as an academic facility, or the facility is used as a facility excluded from the term “academic facility” (as such term was defined under title VII, as so in effect), unless the Secretary determines that there is good
cause for releasing the institution from its obligation, the United States shall be entitled to recover from such applicant (or successor) an amount which bears to the value of the facility at that time (or so much thereof as constituted an approved project or projects) the same ratio as the amount of Federal grant bore to the cost of the facility financed with the aid of such grant. The value shall be determined by agreement of the parties or by action brought in the United States district court for the district in which such facility is situated.
(c) PROHIBITION ON USE FOR RELIGION.-Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) and (b), no project assisted with funds under title VII (as in effect prior to the date of enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998) shall ever be used for religious worship or a sectarian activity or for a school or department of divinity.
PART C-COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION
SEC. 131. (20 U.S.C. 1015) IMPROVEMENTS IN MARKET INFORMATION
AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION. (a) IMPROVED DATA COLLECTION.
(1) DEVELOPMENT OF UNIFORM METHODOLOGY.—The Secretary shall direct the Commissioner of Education Statistics to convene a series of forums to develop nationally consistent methodologies for reporting costs incurred by postsecondary institutions in providing postsecondary education.
(2) REDESIGN OF DATA SYSTEMS.On the basis of the methodologies developed pursuant to paragraph (1), the Secretary shall redesign relevant parts of the postsecondary education data systems to improve the usefulness and timeliness of the data collected by such systems.
(3) INFORMATION TO INSTITUTIONS.—The Commissioner of Education Statistics shall
(A) develop a standard definition for the following data elements:
(i) tuition and fees for a full-time undergraduate student;
(ii) cost of attendance for a full-time undergraduate student, consistent with the provisions of section 472;
(iii) average amount of financial assistance received by an undergraduate student who attends an institution of higher education, including
(I) each type of assistance or benefit described in section 428(a)(2)(C)(i);
(II) fellowships; and
(iv) number of students receiving financial assistance described in each of subclauses (I), (II), and (III) of clause (iii);
(B) not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, report the definitions to each institution of higher education and within a reasonable period of time thereafter inform the Committee on Labor and Human Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives of those definitions; and
(C) collect information regarding the data elements described in subparagraph (A) with respect to at least all institutions of higher education participating in programs under title IV, beginning with the information from aca
demic year 2000–2001 and annually thereafter. (b) DATA DISSEMINATION.—The Secretary shall make available the data collected pursuant to subsection (a). Such data shall be available in a form that permits the review and comparison of the data submissions of individual institutions of higher education. Such data shall be presented in a form that is easily understandable and allows parents and students to make informed decisions based on the costs for typical full-time undergraduate students. (c) STUDY.
(1) IN GENERAL.—The Commissioner of Education Statistics shall conduct a national study of expenditures at institutions of higher education. Such study shall include information with respect to
(A) the change in tuition and fees compared with the consumer price index and other appropriate measures of inflation;
(B) faculty salaries and benefits;
(G) institutional expenditures for construction and technology and the potential cost of replacing instructional buildings and equipment.
(2) EVALUATION.—The study shall include an evaluation of_
(A) changes over time in the expenditures identified in paragraph (1);
(B) the relationship of the expenditures identified in paragraph (1) to college costs; and
(C) the extent to which increases in institutional financial aid and tuition discounting practices affect tuition increases, including the demographics of students receiving such discounts, the extent to which financial aid is provided to students with limited need in order to attract a student to a particular institution, and the extent to which Federal financial aid, including loan aid, has been used to offset the costs of such practices.
(3) FINAL REPORT.—The Commissioner of Education Statistics shall submit a report regarding the findings of the study
required by paragraph (1) to the appropriate committees of Congress not later than September 30, 2002.
(4) HIGHER EDUCATION MARKET BASKET.—The Bureau of Labor Statistics, in consultation with the Commissioner of Education Statistics, shall develop a higher education market basket that identifies the items that comprise the costs of higher education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shall provide a report on the market basket to the Committee on Labor and Human Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives not later than September 30, 2002.
(5) FINES.-In addition to actions authorized in section 487(c), the Secretary may impose a fine in an amount not to exceed $25,000 on an institution of higher education for failing to provide the information described in paragraph (1) in a timely and accurate manner, or for failing to otherwise cooperate with the National Center for Education Statistics regarding efforts to obtain data on the cost of higher education under this section and pursuant to the program participation agreement entered into under section 487.
(d) STUDENT AID RECIPIENT SURVEY.—1) The Secretary shall survey student aid recipients on a regular cycle, but not less than once every
(C) to describe the combinations of aid from State, Federal, and private sources received by students from all income groups;
(D) to describe the debt burden of loan recipients and their capacity to repay their education debts; and
(E) to disseminate such information in both published and machine readable form.
(2) The survey shall be representative of full-time and parttime, undergraduate, graduate, and professional and current and former students in all types of institutions, and should be designed and administered in consultation with the Congress and the postsecondary education community.
PART D-ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS FOR
DELIVERY OF STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
SEC. 141. (20 U.S.C. 1018) PERFORMANCE-BASED ORGANIZATION FOR
THE DELIVERY OF FEDERAL STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSIST
(1) ESTABLISHMENT.—There is established in the Department a Performance-Based Organization (hereafter referred to as the "PBO") which shall be a discrete management unit responsible for managing the operational functions supporting the programs authorized under title IV of this Act, as specified in subsection (b).
(2) PURPOSES.—The purposes of the PBO are
(A) to improve service to students and other participants in the student financial assistance programs authorized under title IV, including making those programs more understandable to students and their parents;
(B) to reduce the costs of administering those programs;
(C) to increase the accountability of the officials responsible for administering the operational aspects of these programs;
(D) to provide greater flexibility in the management of the operational functions of the Federal student financial assistance programs;
(E) to integrate the information systems supporting the Federal student financial assistance programs;
(F) to implement an open, common, integrated system for the delivery of student financial assistance under title IV; and
(G) to develop and maintain a student financial assistance system that contains complete, accurate, and timely
data to ensure program integrity. (b) GENERAL AUTHORITY.
(1) AUTHORITY OF SECRETARY.—Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, the Secretary shall maintain responsibility for the development and promulgation of policy and regulations relating to the programs of student financial assistance under title IV. In the exercise of its functions, the PBO shall be subject to the direction of the Secretary. The Secretary shall
(A) request the advice of, and work in cooperation with, the Chief Operating Officer in developing regulations, policies, administrative guidance, or procedures affecting the information systems administered by the PBO, and other functions performed by the PBO;
(B) request cost estimates from the Chief Operating Officer for system changes required by specific policies proposed by the Secretary; and
(C) assist the Chief Operating Officer in identifying goals for the administration and modernization of the delivery system for student financial assistance under title IV.
(2) PBO FUNCTIONS.—Subject to paragraph (1), the PBO shall be responsible for administration of the information and financial systems that support student financial assistance programs authorized under this title, excluding the development of policy relating to such programs but including the following:
(A) The administrative, accounting, and financial management functions of the delivery system for Federal student assistance, including
(i) the collection, processing and transmission of applicant data to students, institutions and authorized third parties, as provided for in section 483;