Allocation of Funds by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare for Project Headstart

B-164031(1).128: Oct 4, 1977

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GAO was asked by the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, whether the allocation of funds by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) for Project Headstart for fiscal years 1976 and 1977, and HEW’s proposed allocation for fiscal year 1978 were consistent with the statutory distribution formula.  The request included a report prepared by the Congressional Research Service that concluded that the HEW allocations violated the statutory formulas.  Based on a limited review of the statutory provision and the CRS report, GAO concurred with the CRS conclusion as to how the formula should be applied.