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Each year, millions of K-12 students experience hostile behaviors like bullying, hate speech, hate crimes, or assault. In school year 2018-19, about 1.3 million students, ages 12 to 18, were bullied for their race, religion, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased use of remote education, K-12 schools across the nation have increasingly reported ransomware and other types of cyberattacks.
Federal agencies offer products and services to help schools prevent and respond to cyberattacks.
When a college closes, students can be left with loans, no degree, and no path forward. Some of those students may be eligible for federal student loan forgiveness through a "closed school discharge" from the Department of Education.
The Social Security Administration is trying to encourage people with disabilities who get Supplemental Security Income benefits to work if they can.
But we testified that working beneficiaries are at a higher risk of benefit overpayments.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
The financial services industry is increasingly dependent on technology. We looked at factors affecting women's participation in STEM degree programs and their subsequent interest in financial services industry careers.
All Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools closed their buildings in March 2020 in response to COVID-19, affecting over 41,000 students at 183 schools.
We testified that the Bureau did not offer comprehensive guidance on distance learning.
Many colleges and other institutions of higher education across the country closed their physical campuses in response to COVID-19. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a relief fund, a portion of which was slated for emergency financial assistance to students.