ERIC Number: ED495772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
VA Student Financial Aid: Management Actions Needed to Reduce Overlap in Approving Education and Training Programs and to Assess State Approving Agencies. Report to the Ranking Minority Member, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate. GAO-07-384
Scott, George A.
Government Accountability Office
Since the 1940s, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its predecessor agencies have contracted with state approving agencies (SAA) to assess whether schools and training programs offer education of sufficient quality for veterans to receive VA education assistance benefits. SAAs are created or designated by state governments but are federally funded and responsible for enforcing federal law. Concerns have been raised about whether SAA approval activities are duplicative of efforts conducted under other federal programs. Key questions addressed herein are: (1) What changes have occurred in State Approving Agencies' duties and functions since 1995? (2) To what extent does the SAA approval process overlap with efforts by the Departments of Education and Labor? and (3) What, if any, additional value do the SAA approval activities bring to veterans' education benefit programs? Appended are: (1) Briefing Slides; (2) Comments from the Department of Veterans Affairs; and (3) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. [This report was produced by the United States Government Accountability Office.]
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Veterans Education, Student Financial Aid, Federal Programs, State Agencies, Program Evaluation, Comparative Analysis, Agency Role, Redundancy, Audits (Verification), Instructional Effectiveness, Systems Analysis, Research Reports
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.