ERIC Number: ED381109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-6
Reference Count: N/A
Department of Education Information on Consolidation Opportunities and Student Aid. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Human Resources and the Intergovernmental Relations Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, House of Representatives. Statement of Cornelia M. Blanchette, Associate Director, Education and Employment Issues, Health, Education, and Human Services Division.
Blanchette, Cornelia M.
This report evaluates Department of Education opportunities to consolidate overlapping education programs, to find cost savings, and to strengthen its "gatekeeping" over schools' participation in student financial aid programs. It notes that, besides already proposed program consolidation, other programs that could be streamlined include vocational rehabilitation programs and small, specifically targeted postsecondary programs. Other programs administered by federal agencies that may overlap with Department programs might also be examined. Regarding cost savings, the Department's proposed budget includes initiatives to realize $12 billion savings and an estimated $4.1 billion saved by fully implementing direct lending by 1997-98. The report finds that even if that $4.1 billion in savings is overstated, substantial cost reduction potential still exists. Department efforts to improve gatekeeping and prevent fraud and waste include two new types of program reviews, a standard survey review and a concentrated team review. The Department also plans a 23-week training program for new reviewers and refresher training for existing personnel; provisional certification of schools; State Postsecondary Review Entities; and modified accrediting organization requirements. Questions are raised about coordinated delivery of services at the local level and about implementation of direct lending and its sensitivity to future macroeconomic conditions. Appendixes contain four tables. (Contains 22 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Cost Effectiveness, Economic Factors, Eligibility, Federal Programs, Financial Exigency, Financial Problems, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Program Termination, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free, additional copies, $2; 100 or more copies, 25% discount).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.