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Open Recommendations (57 total)

Higher Education: Education Could Improve Information on Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

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Department of Education The Secretary of Education should ensure that the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights provides DSO staff a way to receive electronic notification of newly issued guidance and other information related to accommodations for students with disabilities in higher education, similar to its existing notifications on other education-related topics. (Recommendation 2)
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Education agreed with this recommendation and identified plans to create an opt-in email distribution list about guidance and other information related to accommodations for students with disabilities in higher education. We will monitor the progress of this and any additional efforts regarding electronic notification.
Department of Education The Secretary of Education should encourage state and local educational agencies to disseminate resources to assist IEP teams in informing students with disabilities who are considering postsecondary education about the importance of self-advocacy in obtaining accommodations in college. (Recommendation 1)
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Education agreed with the spirit and purpose of this recommendation and said that it is prepared to encourage state and local educational agencies to inform students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school about the importance of self-advocacy as they consider postsecondary education. We will monitor the agency's progress in implementing the recommendation.

College Athletics: Education Should Improve Its Title IX Enforcement Efforts

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Department of Education The Secretary of Education should ensure that the Office for Civil Rights establishes agency timeliness goals for reviewing monitoring reports and for responding to colleges during monitoring of Title IX athletics cases. (Recommendation 2)
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Education neither agreed nor disagreed with this recommendation, stating that it has already implemented it. Specifically, Education cited a provision in its performance plans for investigative staff that staff should routinely determine compliance with respect to submitted monitoring reports within 90 days of receipt, on average. We acknowledge Education's performance standards for investigative staff, but these are not the same as having overall agency timeliness goals and performance. To implement this recommendation, Education should establish overall agency timeliness goals for reviewing monitoring reports and for responding to colleges during monitoring of Title IX athletics cases. Individual staff performance results do not provide an overall picture of agency timeliness.
Department of Education The Secretary of Education should ensure that the Office for Civil Rights requires staff to consistently record due dates in the case management system for responding to colleges' monitoring reports in Title IX athletics cases. Management should use information from the case management system to evaluate response times against established timeliness goals. (Recommendation 3)
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Education agreed with this recommendation and said that it would routinely record due dates in the case management system for responding to colleges' Title IX athletics monitoring reports. In addition, Education stated it will also periodically review information from the case management system to evaluate response time frames, as appropriate. We will monitor the progress of these efforts.
Department of Education The Secretary of Education should ensure that the Office for Civil Rights regularly analyzes available Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act data and expands its use of the data for oversight activities, consistent with available resources. (Recommendation 1)
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Education agreed with this recommendation and stated that it will continue reviewing EADA data in support of enforcement activities, as appropriate, dependent on available staff and other resources. Education provided an example in which it recently relied on EADA data to resolve a case. We agree that EADA data can be helpful in resolving specific cases. However, the intent of our recommendation is for Education to periodically analyze EADA data for more proactive and broader oversight activities, such as the examples we provide in our report. We continue to believe that Education should regularly analyze the EADA data and expand its use for oversight activities, consistent with available resources.

Higher Education: Employment Discrimination Case Referrals Between Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Could Be Improved

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Department of Education Education should track the number of days it takes regional offices to refer employment discrimination complaints to EEOC and use the information to develop a plan to reduce referral delays. Such a plan could include applying good practices from certain regional offices agency-wide, or reallocating resources. (Recommendation 1)
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Education agreed with this recommendation and stated that it will develop a system to track the number of days it takes to refer employment discrimination complaints to EEOC. Education also stated that it will periodically review the new data to identify any effective measures to reduce referral times, and make appropriate changes, depending on available resources. We continue to recommend that Education, in addition to developing the tracking system, use the resulting data and information from the periodic reviews to develop a plan to reduce referral delays. We will monitor the agency's efforts.

Federal Student Loans: Education Should Enhance Reporting on Direct Loan Performance and Risk

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Department of Education The Secretary of Education should enhance Education's reporting on its Direct Loan program performance and risk information. Enhanced reporting should include further reporting of sensitivity analyses and other factors, such as performance information, credit risk concentrations, and administrative risks. (Recommendation 1)
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Education agreed with this recommendation and stated that the department would assess possible enhancements to reporting on the Direct Loan program performance and risk information. We will monitor the agency's progress.

K-12 Education: Education Could Enhance Oversight of School Improvement Activities

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Department of Education The Secretary of Education should update monitoring protocols to ensure that monitoring staff independently select support and improvement plans for review. (Recommendation 1)
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Education generally agreed with this recommendation. They plan to begin updating protocols to ensure that staff independently select CSI plans for review in Spring 2024

Artificial Intelligence: Agencies Have Begun Implementation but Need to Complete Key Requirements

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Department of Education The Secretary of Education should ensure that the department develops a plan to either achieve consistency with EO 13960 section 5 for each AI application or retires AI applications found to be developed or used in a manner that is not consistent with the order. (Recommendation 12)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Cybersecurity: Federal Agencies Made Progress, but Need to Fully Implement Incident Response Requirements

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Department of Education The Secretary of Education should ensure that the agency fully implements all event logging requirements as directed by OMB guidance. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.