Durbin Releases Questions For The Record Responses From Department Of Education

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following responses from the U.S. Department of Education to his Questions for the Record (QFR) following a March 28, 2019, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing on the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request from the U.S. Department of Education. A spread sheet for answer “a” is available here.

Question from Durbin:

Question.  It is my understanding that on April 20, 2018, the Department provided to the Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren a list of institutions that submitted a letter of credit to the Department between January 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017. 

a. Please provide that list.

b. Please also provide an updated list of institutions of higher education for which the Department currently holds a letter of credit or other surety and the amount of such letter of credit or other surety.

Answer.  a. Please see the attachment for the requested information.

b. Due to the complexity of the request and competing priorities, and in some instances, inability to analyze and validate data within the requested timeframe, Department officials were unable to draft a response to accommodate the Senate deadline. Thus, the Department was unable to provide a response for insertion into the official hearing record at this time. The Department regrets the inconvenience and commits to providing a response to the Committee as soon as possible. Department staff will regularly provide updates to Congressional staff regarding expected delivery of this response.