ERIC Number: ED486139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Review of Department Identified Contracts and Grants for Public Relations Services. Final Inspection Report. ED-OIG/I13-F0012
US Department of Education
The objective of this inspection was to review the materials produced under 20 contracts and 15 grants issued by the Department of Education (Department) to determine whether any of the contracts and grants resulted in covert propaganda. It has been concluded that none of the grants resulted in covert propaganda under the existing guidance of the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice (OLC) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). While three of the grants resulted in op-ed opinion pieces that did not include the disclaimer language required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) at 34 C.F.R. [Section] 75.620, evidence was not found to conclude that the Department awarded these grants with an intent to influence public opinion through the undisclosed use of third party grantees. With respect to the contracts, based on the materials that were available for review, it could not be concluded that any of the contracts resulted in covert propaganda; however, one contract was found that requires follow-up by the Department before a final determination can be made. Based on the results of this evaluation, this report recommends that the Department ensure that contract and grant personnel understand the prohibition on the use of appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda and ensure that this information is communicated to grantees. Also, it is recommended that the Department ensure that contract and grant personnel understand when the use of language disclosing the role of the Department is required and ensure that the language is included in contracts as appropriate, and that the EDGAR requirements are clearly communicated to grantees. Finally, the report recommends that the Department monitor contracts and grants and ensure that files are complete and appropriately documented. The following sections divide the report: (1) Executive Summary; (2) Background and Objective; (3) Inspection Results; (4) Other Matters; (5) Recommendations; (6) Department Comments; and (7) Scope and Methodology. Appended are: (1) Summary of Grants; and (2) Summary of Contracts.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Inspector General (ED), Washington, DC.