ERIC Number: ED428453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Major Management Challenges and Program Risks, Department of Education. Performance and Accountability Series.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
This report addresses the major performance and management challenges that have limited the effectiveness of the Department of Education in carrying out its mission. The booklet addresses corrective actions that Education has taken or initiated on these challenges--including a number of management initiatives to improve controls over the Department's student financial aid programs--and further actions that are needed. The report found that Education's administrative effort is inadequate to ensure access to postsecondary institutions while protecting federal financial interests. Although Education has made progress in improving program management and in providing information needed by Congress, a review of Education's fiscal year 1999 performance plan suggests the need for additional action in several areas. The Department could better describe the relationship between its long-term strategic goals and objectives and the short-term fiscal year 1999 performance goals in individual program performance goals and in individual program performance plans. The Department must also address the need for adequately testing revisions to its financial information systems and must ensure that new or modified Year-2000-compliant systems will not jeopardize the Department's ability to function. (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Program Improvement, Strategic Planning
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013 (first copy free; $2 each additional copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.