ERIC Number: ED432065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-28
Reference Count: N/A
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress, October 1, 1998-March 31, 1999.
Office of Inspector General (ED), Washington, DC.
This report from the Department of Education's (ED) Office of Inspector General (OIG) focuses on ED's information technology and Year 2000 readiness. It also reviews elementary and secondary education and student financial-assistance programs to ensure that ED programs are administered with efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity. A review of ED's information technology showed that ED made significant progress in preparing for the Year 2000 and has reported that all mission-critical systems were renovated, tested, and implemented by March 31, 1999. The review also revealed that security in the Grants Administration and Payment System was enhanced and that ED's management of the system-development process could be improved. The audit highlights efforts associated with reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the proposed Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999; assessments in student- financial assistance, including a study of cost issues in federal-loan programs; results from a congressional initiative to improve federal management; and audit-resolution practices and quality initiatives, such as the Cooperative Audit Resolution and Oversight initiative, which is a collaborative method whereby states and the ED work together to solve recurring problems. Two abstracts list significant audits and audit-related activities and important prosecutive actions resulting from OIG investigations. (RJM)
Descriptors: Audits (Verification), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Fraud, Higher Education, Program Administration, Public Agencies, Records Management, Tables (Data)
Office of Inspector General, U.S. Dept. of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-1510; Web site: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OIG/
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Inspector General (ED), Washington, DC.