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ERIC Number: ED516830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
DOD Education Benefits: Increased Oversight of Tuition Assistance Program Is Needed. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate. GAO-11-300
Scott, George A.
US Government Accountability Office
In fiscal year 2009, the Department of Defense's (DOD) Military Tuition Assistance (TA) Program provided $517 million in tuition assistance to approximately 377,000 service members. US Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to report on (1) DOD's oversight of schools receiving TA funds, and (2) the extent to which DOD coordinates with accrediting agencies and the U.S. Department of Education (Education) in its oversight activities. GAO conducted site visits to selected military education centers and interviewed officials from DOD, its contractors, Education, accrediting agencies and their association, and postsecondary institutions. GAO recommends that DOD (1) improve accountability for recommendations made by third-party quality reviews, (2) develop a centralized process to track complaints against schools, (3) conduct a systemic review of its oversight processes, (4) take actions to ensure TA funds are used only for accreditor-approved courses and programs, and (5) require and verify state authorization for all schools. DOD agreed with our recommendations. Also, DOD and Education provided technical comments on the draft report. We incorporated each agency's comments as appropriate. Appended are: (1) Scope and Methodology; (2) Selected Postsecondary Institutions GAO Interviewed at Selected Education Centers; (3) Comments from the Department of Defense; and (4) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures and 30 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Location: United States