ERIC Number: ED418505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Federal Education Funding: Multiple Programs and Lack of Data Raise Efficiency and Effectiveness Concerns (Supplemental Information to Testimony).
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
In 1997, United States Senator Barbara Boxer asked the General Accounting Office to address certain questions she had about education programs. The answers to her questions are provided in this report. The information centers on five areas: (1) the definitions and criteria used to identify the number of federal education programs and departments that administer them; (2) the number of funded federal education programs providing direct instructional assistance and indirect instructional assistance to students in kindergarten through grade 12; (3) current data on how the Title I program has been working since its 1994 reauthorization; (4) the "catch 22" that federal policymakers face in wanting both accountability and more state and local flexibility; and (5) information on Performance Partnership Grants. The information is intended to help lawmakers make decisions about federal funding for education programs. Using definitions of direct and indirect instructional assistance, 69 funded programs within the Department of Education for students in kindergarten through grade 12 were identified. It was also found that balancing the need for federal accountability with that for state and local flexibility can present a challenge for federal policymakers. (RJM)
Descriptors: Accounting, Budgeting, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Policy
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013 (first copy free; $2 each for additional copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Note: For related document, see ED 415 583.