ERIC Number: ED472447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress (April 1-September 30, 2002).
Office of Inspector General (ED), Washington, DC.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) works to assist the Department of Education in ensuring the integrity of its operations and improving its programs. During the 6 months this report covers, OIG issued 60 audit and inspection reports and memoranda, and closed 104 investigations. More specifically, OIG investigated purchase-card abuse and high-risk contracts; conducted extensive work in information technology management and security; continued to investigate federal student-aid programs; commented on final rulemaking pertaining to the Higher Education Act; and performed audits on programs, systems, and financial operations. As a result of its investigations, OIG made the following recommendations: correct long-standing financial management problems; strengthen information technology (IT) security; improve internal controls; improve contract monitoring; balance compliance monitoring and technical assistance; work to remove federal student-aid programs from the Government Accounting Office high-risk list; pursue appropriate electronic government initiatives; improve strategic management of human capital; improve and test continuity of operations plans; improve management of IT assets; and obtain reliable performance data and improve performance measures. The results of some of the audits and investigations, as well as recommendations and lists of unresolved reports, are presented in 10 tables. (WFA)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation, Financial Audits, Government Publications, Information Technology, Money Management, Student Financial Aid
ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827 (Toll Free); TDD/TTY: 800-437-0833 (Toll Free); Fax: 301-470-1244; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OIG. For full text: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OIG/semiann/sar45.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Inspector General (ED), Washington, DC.