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ERIC Number: ED513941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 83
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Recovery Act: Head Start Grantees Expand Services, but More Consistent Communication Could Improve Accountability and Decisions about Spending. Report to the Congress. GAO-11-166
Ashby, Cornelia M.; Jones, Yvonne D.
US Government Accountability Office
This report responds to two mandates for GAO under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). First, it is the latest report on the uses of and accountability for Recovery Act funds in selected states and localities. Second, it comments on recipients' reports of the jobs created and retained. The Recovery Act provided $2.1 billion for Head Start and Early Head Start, primarily to expand services. GAO addressed four questions: (1) How have Head Start and Early Head Start grantees used Recovery Act funds, including for expanding enrollment? (2) What challenges have grantees encountered in spending Recovery Act funds? (3) How has the Office of Head Start (OHS) monitored the use of Recovery Act funds? (4) How has the quality of jobs data reported by Recovery Act recipients, particularly Head Start grantees, changed over time? In this report, GAO also updates the status of open recommendations from previous bimonthly and recipient reporting reviews. To address these questions, GAO interviewed grantees, analyzed federal agency and recipient reported data, and interviewed officials. GAO recommends OHS verify the definition of enrollment, clearly communicate it to grantees along with policies for extending the use of Recovery Act funds, and incorporate known risks into review planning. HHS generally agreed with GAO's recommendations. Appended are: (1) Objectives, Scope, and Methodology; (2) Comments from the Department of Health and Human Services; (3) Status of Prior Open Recommendations and Matters for Congressional Consideration; and (4) GAO Contacts and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 7 tables, 8 figures and 46 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office