House Republicans Want Information on Foreign Gifts

House Republicans want more information from the Education Department about its enforcement of the federal law that requires the reporting of foreign gifts to universities.

North Carolina representative Virginia Foxx, the Republican who chairs the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, wrote in a letter signed by several other lawmakers that she was concerned about the department’s decision to shift enforcement of the law, known as Section 117, from the Office of General Counsel to Federal Student Aid.

“FSA was never designed to handle such serious matters and it does not have the capability or expertise needed to do so,” the letter says.

The lawmakers linked their concerns with Section 117 to the recent batch of classified documents found at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. They requested more information from the department about Section 117–related documents provided to the agency by the University of Pennsylvania, where the center is housed. They also want any and all documents and communications between the university and the department since Jan. 20, 2021.

Penn declined to comment on the letter.

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