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ERIC Number: ED511649
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 194
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Recovery Act: States Could Provide More Information on Education Programs to Enhance the Public's Understanding of Fund Use. Report to the Republican Leader, U.S. Senate. GAO-10-807
Ashby, Cornelia M.
US Government Accountability Office
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provides $70.3 billion for three education programs--the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF), Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Title I), and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Act requires recipients to be accountable for how these funds are being used and what is being achieved. To help attain the level of transparency needed for accountability, recipients are to report quarterly on their award activities and expected outcomes. This information is available to the public on Recovery.gov, the government's official Recovery Act Web site. This report covers three Education programs funded by the Recovery Act. It (1) describes what the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Education (Education) did to facilitate implementation of requirements for recipients to describe the use of funds and (2) assesses the extent to which award descriptions are transparent It also describes reported fund uses for a sample of subrecipients. GAO reviewed requirements for reporting in the Act as well as guidance provided by OMB and Education. GAO assessed the transparency of descriptions for the three education programs on Recovery.gov. GAO recommends that the Secretary of Education, in consultation with OMB, remove the suggested language for the project description field from its guidance and instruct states to include information, to the extent possible, on how the funds are being used and potential project outcomes or results. Appended are: (1) SFSF Education Stabilization Funds Prime Recipient Review and Descriptions; (2) IDEA Part B for School Aged Children Prime Recipient Review and Descriptions; (3) ESEA Title I, Part A Grants Prime Recipient Review and Descriptions; (4) SFSF Education Stabilization Funds: Selected Subrecipient (LEA) Descriptions; (5) IDEA Part B for School Aged Children: Selected Subrecipient (LEA) Descriptions; (6) ESEA Title I, Part A Grants to Local Educational Agencies: Selected Subrecipient (LEA) Descriptions; (7) Scope and Methodology; and (8) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 5 tables and 15 footnotes.)
US Government Accountability Office. 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20548. Tel: 202-512-6000; Web site: http://www.gao.gov
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act