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Bertoni, Daniel – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provided $9 billion in education benefits to service-members and veterans in fiscal year 2010, mostly through the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. In providing education benefits, VA relies on State Approving Agencies (SAA) to approve schools; and on schools to report students' enrollment status. US Government…
Descriptors: State Officials, Military Personnel, Veterans, Educational Benefits
Dodaro, Gene L. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
This testimony discusses US Government Accountability Office's (GAO's) recent report entitled "Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue." This report delineates dozens of areas across government where fragmentation, overlap, and potential duplication merit the attention of Congress…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Education, Teacher Employment
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
This testimony discusses the findings from our recent work on fragmentation, overlap, and potential duplication in federally funded programs that support teacher quality. We recently issued a report addressing fragmentation, overlap, and potential duplication in federal programs that outlined opportunities to reduce potential duplication across a…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Programs, Resource Allocation
Shames, Lisa – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
Through its commodity program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides commodity foods at no cost to schools taking part in the national school meals programs. Commodities include raw ground beef, cheese, poultry, and fresh produce. Like federal food safety agencies, the commodity program has taken steps designed to reduce microbial…
Descriptors: Safety, Purchasing, Federal Regulation, Food Standards
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
With the passage of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Post- 9/11 GI Bill), Congress created a comprehensive education benefit program for veterans, service members, and their dependents pursuing postsecondary education. Since implementation, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has provided just over $5.7 billion for…
Descriptors: Veterans Education, Federal Aid, Veterans, Dependents
Melito, Thomas – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program (MGD Program) provides donations of U.S. agricultural products and financial and technical assistance for school feeding programs in the developing world. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with about $200 million in funding in fiscal year 2010, the…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Federal Programs, Nutrition, Food
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
Deaf and hard of hearing children can face significant challenges developing the language and literacy skills needed to succeed in school and become self-sufficient adults. The federal government supports these children through the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program, which awards grants to states to develop systems to screen…
Descriptors: Deafness, Partial Hearing, Children, Federal Programs
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
Although a postsecondary education is vitally important to many individuals and the nation's ability to compete globally, high college tuition rates are prompting concerns that it may remain an elusive goal for some. To help students finance their education, Congress recently raised the ceiling on the amount individual students can borrow under…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Student Loan Programs, Tuition
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
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…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Tuition, Federal Aid, Inspection
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
For fiscal year 2010, Congress appropriated $14.5 billion for Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), which funds services to students in schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families. Title I, Part A includes several fiscal requirements, which are designed to prevent local school…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Low Income, School Districts
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
Since the early 1990s, Congress has supplemented the Department of Education's (Education) Impact Aid program by providing funds for the Department of Defense's (DOD) Impact Aid program to compensate school districts with a high number of military dependent students. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 required GAO to…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Financial Support, Public Schools, School Districts
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
This testimony discusses the Department of Defense's (DOD) oversight of its Military Tuition Assistance (TA) Program. In fiscal year 2010, the TA Program provided $531 million in tuition assistance to approximately 302,000 service members who elected to pursue off-duty postsecondary education. DOD offers these benefits to service members in order…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Student Financial Aid, Postsecondary Education, Accreditation (Institutions)
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
Almost 40 percent of all public school students in the District of Columbia (D.C. or District) were enrolled in charter schools in the 2010-11 school year. The D.C. School Reform Act established the Public Charter School Board (PCSB) for the purpose of authorizing and overseeing charter schools. Congress required GAO (US Government Accountability…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Restructuring, Real Estate, Boards of Education
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
The U.S. Department of Education (Education) manages one of the largest discretionary appropriations of any federal agency, and plays a key role in supporting efforts to meet the nation's education goals. While Education managed a discretionary appropriation of over $160 billion in fiscal year 2009 and was responsible for administering about 200…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Public Agencies, Education, Information Technology
Kingsbury, Nancy – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
Amid efforts to improve performance and constrain spending, federal agencies are being asked to expand the use of rigorous program evaluation in decision-making. In addition to performance data, indepth program evaluation studies are often needed for assessing program impact or designing improvements. Agencies can also use their evaluation…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Planning, Public Agencies, Federal Programs
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