ERIC Number: ED358574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Department of Education: Long-Standing Management Problems Hamper Reforms. Report to the Secretary of Education.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
This general management review (one in a series of management reviews of federal departments and agencies) identifies key management issues facing the U.S. Department of Education. This review assesses the management of the department and identifies actions that can be taken to improve organizational performance. Data were derived from 151 in-depth interviews conducted primarily with Education Department senior officials and from document analysis. Findings indicate that the Department lacks a clear management vision, leadership commitment to management, and adequate management systems, and that it needs a cultural transformation. It is recommended that the Secretary of Education articulate a strategic-management vision; adopt a strategic-management process; enhance management leadership and strengthen agency culture; and create strategic visions and plans that are integrated with the Department's overall strategic-management process. Seven figures and nine tables are included. Appendices describe the methodology, the National Education Goals, the Department of Education organization and programs, the increase in Department work load and decrease in resources, and the assessment of human resources. (LMI)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrative Change, Federal Government, Government Employees, Management Systems, Organizational Climate, Organizational Effectiveness, Performance
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 10884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each, payable to Superintendent of Documents; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.