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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona during a news conference in March 2021. Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Department of Education informed Congress on Friday that decades-old technology has forced the department to delay the implementation of a new, simplified application for students seeking federal financial aid, Politico reports.

Why it matters: The department was required by a law that Congress passed last year to start using the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid application by the 2023-24 academic year. Now, it plans to roll out the redesigned form by the 2024-25 school year.

What they're saying: “To deliver on these new opportunities, FSA first needs to update the technology system that the FAFSA form is built on," Rich Cordray, chief operating officer of Federal Student Aid, said in a blog post Friday, according to Politico.

  • "Believe it or not, the current system is 45 years old, and though we have made it work all these years, it’s just too limited to support these new changes," he added.

The big picture: Congress is negotiating a legislative update that would give the department more time to update its systems, according to Politico

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2 wildfires ravage Northern California homes as thousands evacuate

Firefighters monitoring the scene as flames from the Dixie Fire jump across highway 89 near Greenville, California, on Tuesday. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Two massive California wildfires have triggered new mandatory evacuation orders for thousands of people and destroyed homes and businesses in the state's north overnight.

Details: The Dixie Fire, California's biggest blaze, razed houses and businesses as it ripped through the Greenville area of Plumas County Wednesday night, per AP. The rapidly spreading River Fire burned "multiple" homes as it tore through Placer and Nevada counties, KOVR notes. Mandatory evacuation orders were in effect for both fires.

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Landlords mount legal challenge to Biden admin's new eviction moratorium

President Biden at the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A group of landlords and real-estate companies issued a legal challenge on Wednesday night in a D.C. district court to the Biden administration's new national eviction moratorium.

Driving the news: The Alabama and Georgia Associations of Realtors' emergency motion argues that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's order Tuesday barring evictions for most of the U.S. through Oct. 3 exceeds the CDC's powers, according to a statement from the National Association of Realtors.