ERIC Number: ED484537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Head Start: Comprehensive Approach to Identifying and Addressing Risks Could Help Prevent Grantee Financial Management Weaknesses. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-05-176.
US Government Accountability Office
In fiscal year 2004, Congress appropriated $6.8 billion to serve 919,000 poor children through 1,680 Head Start grantees nationwide. Recent reports of financial improprieties at a number of Head Start programs raised questions about the effectiveness of the oversight by the Department of Health and Human Services? (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in identifying and resolving financial management weaknesses in Head Start grantees. In this report, GAO provides information on whether: (1) ACF can consistently identify financial management weaknesses, if any, in Head Start grantees; and (2) ACF ensures that grantees effectively resolve any problems, in a timely manner, when detected. To improve oversight of Head Start grantees, GAO recommended that the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families develop a comprehensive risk assessment of the Head Start program and improve the processes it currently uses to collect information on program risks. ACF agreed with the recommendations. GAO also recommends that, once ACF makes the improvements, it should make greater use of its authority to seek competition in communities that are currently served by poorly performing grantees. Appended are: (1) Scope and Methodology; (2) Comments from the Department of Health and Human Services; and (3) GAO Contacts and Staff Acknowledgments. ( Contains 4 tables, and 5 figures)
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Risk Management, Compliance (Legal), Disadvantaged Youth, Money Management
U.S. Government Accountability Office; 441 G Street NW, Room LM; Washington, DC 20548. Tel: 202-512-6000; Fax: 202-512-6061.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.