Education Financial Management:

Weak Internal Controls Led to Instances of Fraud and Other Improper Payments

GAO-02-513T: Published: Apr 10, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2002.

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The Department of Education has a history of financial management problems, including serious internal control weaknesses, that have affected the Department's ability to provide reliable financial information on its operations. GAO found that significant internal control weaknesses in payment processes and poor physical control over its computer assets led to fraud, improper payments, and lost assets. GAO also identified instances of grant and loan fraud and pervasive control breakdowns and improper payments in other areas, particularly involving purchasing cards.

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