Major Management Challenges and Program Risks:

Department of Education

OCG-99-5: Published: Jan 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 1999.

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As part of its Performance and Accountability Series, GAO provided information on the major management challenges and program risks facing the Department of Education.

GAO noted that: (1) Education continues to experience challenges in its management of student financial aid programs; (2) Education lacks the financial and programmatic information necessary to effectively budget for and manage these programs and to accurately estimate the government's liabilities; (3) some of the Department's mission-critical information systems are not yet year 2000 compliant; (4) Education faces challenges in administering elementary and secondary programs that are a joint responsibility with state and local agencies; (5) Congress has eased some federal reporting requirements to reduce paperwork and regulatory burden as it increased state and local responsibilities for managing programs; (6) as a result, the Department does not have enough information on program effectiveness to meet the information needs of Congress and other decisionmakers; (7) GAO's work has shown that billions of federal education dollars are distributed through hundreds of programs and more than 30 agencies, which creates the possibility of overlap and duplication in federal education programs; (8) the Department has been improving the management of its programs by establishing goals, key strategies, and performance measures for each of its 22 strategic objectives and by developing 99 performance plans for individual programs; (9) in its annual strategic plans, Education identified some of its many programs and laid the groundwork for developing needed information about them; (10) while Education has made progress in improving program management and providing information needed by Congress, GAO's review of Education's fiscal year 1999 performance plan suggested the need for additional action in several areas; and (11) the Department must address the need for adequately testing revisions to its financial information systems, while developing business continuity and contingency plans, to provide reasonable assurance that new or modified year 2000 compliant systems will not jeopardize the Department's ability to perform core operations.

Below are the reports in this series:

High-Risk Series: An Update HR-99-1, Jan 1, 1999

Performance and Accountability Series:

Major Management Challenges and Risks: An Executive Summary OCG-99-ES, Feb 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: A Governmentwide Perspective OCG-99-1, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Agriculture OCG-99-2, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Commerce OCG-99-3, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Defense OCG-99-4, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Education OCG-99-5, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Energy OCG-99-6, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Health and Human Services OCG-99-7, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Housing and Urban Development OCG-99-8, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of the Interior OCG-99-9, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Justice OCG-99-10, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Labor OCG-99-11, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of State OCG-99-12, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Transportation OCG-99-13, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of the Treasury OCG-99-14, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Veterans Affairs OCG-99-15, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Agency for International Development OCG-99-16, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Environmental Protection Agency OCG-99-17, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: National Aeronautics and Space Administration OCG-99-18, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Nuclear Regulatory Commission OCG-99-19, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Social Security Administration OCG-99-20, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: U.S. Postal Service OCG-99-21, Jan 1, 1999

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