Noncompliance (1 - 10 of 18 items) in Custom Date Range
School Lunch: Implementing Nutrition Changes Was Challenging and Clarification of Oversight Requirements Is Needed
GAO-14-104: Published: Jan 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2014.
Nationwide, student participation in the National School Lunch Program declined by 1.2 million students (or 3.7 percent) from school year 2010-2011 through school year 2012-2013, after having increased steadily for many years. This decrease was driven primarily by a decline of 1.6 million students eating school lunch who pay full price for meals, despite increases in students eating school lunch w...
Higher Education: Information on Incentive Compensation Violations Substantiated by the U.S. Department of Education
GAO-10-370R: Published: Feb 23, 2010. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2010.
In 1992, Congress banned schools participating in federal student aid programs from paying commissions, bonuses, or other incentive payments to individuals based on their success in enrolling students or securing financial aid for them. Congress instituted this incentive compensation ban to eliminate abusive recruiting practices in which schools enrolled unqualified students who then received fede...
Federal Family Education Loan Program: Increased Department of Education Oversight of Lender and School Activities Needed to Help Ensure Program Compliance
GAO-07-750: Published: Jul 31, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2007.
Concerns have been raised about the Department of Education's (Education) role in overseeing the lenders and schools that participate in the largest of the federal government's student loan programs, the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). GAO was asked to analyze Education's use of its oversight, guidance, and enforcement authorities under FFELP. To do this, GAO reviewed departmental d...
American Samoa: Accountability for Key Federal Grants Needs Improvement
GAO-05-41: Published: Dec 17, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2005.
American Samoa, a U.S. territory, relies on federal funding to support government operations and deliver critical services. The Secretary of the Interior has administrative responsibility for coordinating federal policy in the territory. Under the Single Audit Act of 1996, American Samoa is required to perform a yearly single audit of federal grants and other awards to ensure accountability. To be...
Special Education: Improved Timeliness and Better Use of Enforcement Actions Could Strengthen Education's Monitoring System
GAO-04-879: Published: Sep 9, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2004.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures the education of the nation's disabled children. As a condition of receiving IDEA funds, states must provide educational and related services that facilitate learning to students with disabilities based on their individual needs. The Department of Education (Education) is responsible for ensuring state compliance with the law. In recen...
DCPS: Attorneys' Fees for Access to Special Education Opportunities
GAO-02-559R: Published: May 22, 2002. Publicly Released: May 22, 2002.
The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has been unable to meet the obligation to its special education students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). By 1998, DCPS was experiencing serious problems in conducting timely hearings requested by parents under IDEA and in issuing final decisions within the required timelines. This resulted in many complaints and law suits...
Direct Student Loans: Legality of Regulations Authorizing Origination Fee Reduction
B-283717: Published: Sep 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1999.
GAO commented on the legality of recent regulations authorizing the reduction of the origination fee charged in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program. In GAO's view, the regulations conflict with a statutory requirement that the Department of Education charge a 4 percent origination fee for loans made under the Direct Loan Program...
Proprietary Schools: Millions Spent to Train Students for Oversupplied Occupations
HEHS-97-104: Published: Jun 10, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined the extent to which Higher Education Act title IV funds finance proprietary school training in fields with insufficient job demand, focusing on: (1) title IV money spent to train proprietary school students for occupations with a surplus of trained individuals; (2) ways government-sponsored training programs use labor market information to target...
Student Loans: Potential Effects of Raising Statutory Audit Threshold
HEHS-97-111R: Published: May 20, 1997. Publicly Released: May 20, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential effects of raising the statutory audit threshold for the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) to lenders with loan portfolios that exceed $10 million, focusing on: (1) the number of lenders with loan portfolios between $5 million and $10 million, and the total loan volume in these lenders' portfolios; and (2) t...
Higher Education: Ensuring Quality Education From Proprietary Institutions
T-HEHS-96-158: Published: Jun 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined whether proprietary schools receiving Title IV funding are providing students with quality educational programs. GAO found that: (1) fewer proprietary schools have been accredited since 1992 because of increases in school closures and oversight by accrediting agencies; (2) the proportion of proprietary school students receiving Title IV aid fell fr...