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ERIC Number: ED499212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 49
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Inspector General's Semiannual Report to Congress, No. 55. April 1, 2007-September 30, 2007
US Department of Education
This semiannual report to Congress on the activities and accomplishments of the Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Department of Education (Department) from April 1, 2007, through September 30, 2007, highlights the audits, inspections, investigations, and other activities to illustrate an ongoing commitment to promoting accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness in federal education programs and operations. Over the last six months, OIG issued 45 audit, inspection, and alternative product reports. The OIG identified nearly $29 million in questioned costs, and over $17 million in unsupported costs. OIG closed 66 investigations, with over $26.8 million in fines, restitution, settlements, and recoveries. As exemplified in this report, the AIG continues to identify problems with accountability in the Department's programs and operations, specifically its adherence to statutory requirements, and oversight and monitoring of its program participants and contractors. This lack of effective organizational accountability can place taxpayer dollars at risk of waste, fraud, and abuse, and can affect the public's trust in the Department's ability to effectively and fairly carry out its programs and mission. This report is divided into six sections. The first section contains summaries of reports released over the last six months regarding student financial assistance programs and operations. The second section includes summaries of the work that the OIG concluded in the area of elementary and secondary education programs over the last six months. The third section highlights the audits and reviews the OIG completed on the Department's information security and management efforts and internal operations, including the results of an annual Federal Information Security Management Act review--areas where accountability is vital in protecting the Department's valuable assets and confidential information. The fourth section summarizes recent work regarding federal funds to support education-related hurricane relief efforts. The fifth section highlights a recent accomplishment: the release of the National Single Audit Sampling Project, the OIG-led multi-year, multi-agency report to determine the quality of single audits and recommend changes in single audit requirements, standards, and procedures to improve the quality of single audits. The sixth and final section of this report includes a compilation of tables of the audits, inspections and investigations that were concluded during this reporting period, and the overall statistics for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, as required by the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended. (Contains 7 tables.)
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site: http://www.edpubs.org
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Inspector General (ED), Washington, DC.