EDITORIAL RECLASSIFICATION
TITLE 20, UNITED STATES CODE



BRIEF SUMMARY OF CHANGES

Part C of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, currently set out at 42 U.S.C. 2751 et seq., is being transferred to appear at 20 U.S.C. 1087-51 et seq. and will comprise part C of subchapter IV of chapter 28 of Title 20. In addition, current parts C to H of subchapter IV of chapter 28 of Title 20, which currently consist of parts D to I of title IV of the Act, are being redesignated as parts D to I of subchapter IV, thus aligning the part designations of the Code with those of the Act. No statutory text is altered by this transfer, and no section numbers other than the eight sections in Title 42 being transferred to Title 20 are changing.

Current part F-1 of subchapter IV (20 U.S.C. 1098aa et seq.), which consists of the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act of 2003, is consequently being redesignated as part G-1. Current part I of subchapter IV (20 U.S.C. 1099e), which was comprised of part J of title IV of the Act and had previously been transferred to part F of subchapter III (20 U.S.C. 1067q), is being omitted.

For the online version of the United States Code, the transfers occur on November 1, 2016, after which the new Code citations should be used. For the printed version of the Code, the transfers are effective with supplement IV of the 2012 edition.

BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR CHANGE

Part C of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 was originally enacted as part C of title I of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and set out within chapter 34 of Title 42 of the Code, along with the rest of that Act. In 1968, Public Law 90-575 transferred part C of title I of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to become part C of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. However, that part was never transferred in the Code and has remained in its original location in Title 42 despite no longer being a part of the same Act as the other sections in its chapter. As a result, references to the Higher Education Act of 1965 have become awkward and confusing because two separate titles of the Code are involved, and the portion appearing in Title 42 is often forgotten. Furthermore, parts A and B of title IV of the Act currently match the part designations in the Code, but subsequent parts do not. Transferring part C of title IV of the Act from its current location in Title 42 to its proper location in Title 20 will bring the structure of the Code into logical correspondence with the structure of the Act and simplify references to the Act.

MAJOR ACTIONS AND STATUS

  • July 31, 2017.—The Office of the Law Revision Counsel completed, and submitted to the House Committee on the Judiciary for introduction in the 115th Congress, a draft bill to make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 7, title 20, and title 43, United States Code.

RESOURCES FOR TRANSITION

(1) Bill

(2) Explanation

(3) Disposition table for provisions transferred or omitted from Title 42

(4) New outline of parts A to I of subchapter IV of chapter 28 of Title 20

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

Questions and comments may be directed to:
     Office of the Law Revision Counsel
     U.S. House of Representatives
     Washington, DC 20515
     Email: uscode@mail.house.gov