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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the use of off-campus college and university programs to train Federal employees, and (2) other training matters. An article which appeared in a national newspaper was the basis of the review. The article discussed off-campus programs operated in the Washington, D.C., area by colleges and universities whose main campuses were several hundred miles away. According to the article, these programs are producing degree holders of dubious quality while providing a significant source of revenue to these institutions. The article also stated that the Government may be paying the tuition costs of these programs for thousands of Federal employees and that the benefits of these expenditures may be questionable.

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