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					                                                                                 OIG Recovery Act Plan Overview
                                         OIG Name: US Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General (ED-OIG)


                                                   The overall objective of the ED-OIG with regards to its oversight of the Recovery Act is to ensure that Recovery Act funds reach their intended recipients and
                                                   that they achieve their intended results. This includes effective implementation and control of funds at the Federal, State, and local level, ensuring that (1)
                     OIG Broad Recovery Act Goals:
                                                   recipients understand the requirements and have proper controls in place over the administration and reporting of Recovery Act funds, and (2) promptly
                                                   identifying and mitigating instances of fraud, waste, and abuse of Recovery Act funds.

                                               Since the passage of the Recovery Act, ED-OIG has worked and will continue to work extensively on reaching out to the Federal, State, and local entities
                                               responsible for overseeing the accountability and transparency objectives of the Recovery Act. This outreach includes coordinating with the Government
  OIG Broad Training and Outreach Recovery Act
                                               Accountability Office, serving in an advisory role on Department of Education work groups related to Recovery Act implementation, contacting State and local
                                        Goals:
                                               audit and investigative agencies, making ED-OIG Recovery Act Audit Programs available to State and local auditors, and developing training materials for
                                               Department of Education and external stakeholders on accountability and fraud awareness for Recovery Act funds.

                                                Since the signing of the Recovery Act, ED-OIG has taken steps to alert the Department of Education of potential risks areas in the administration of the Recovery
                                                Act and recommend strong controls to mitigate these risks. In addition to serving in an advisory role on the Department's Risk Management Team, Metrics and
                                                Monitoring Work Group, and Technical Assistance and Outreach Work Group, ED-OIG provided the Department with a list of unimplemented OIG
      OIG Recovery Act Risk Assessment Process:
                                                recommendations and a compendium of investigative findings that are relevant to the Recovery Act programs. As the regional staff conduct their field work, ED-
                                                OIG will be using an expedited reporting process to provide the Department and its grant recipients with rapid, concise feedback. These Recovery Act reports
                                                will be issued as needed throughout the audits depending on what issues arise.


                         OIG Recovery Act Funds: $14,000,000
      Expiration Date of OIG Recovery Act Funds: 2012


  OIG Recovery Act Funds Allocated to Contracts: No
              Purpose of Recovery Act Contracts: N/A
    Types of Recovery Act Contracts Awarded to
                                                 N/A
                                          Date:

             Link to OIG Recovery Act Work Plan: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/recoveryact.html




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                                                                                                          OIG FY 2010 Recovery Act Work Plan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Included on   Expected    Expected
                                    Recovery Act Funds                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Expected
                                                                            Entity Performing                                                                                                                                             Prior      Quarter    Quarter(s)
    Agency       Program Area           Associated       Type of Review                              Project Title                            Background                                            Objective                                                                   Number of
                                                                                  Review                                                                                                                                                Recovery      Work      Report(s)
                                     w/Program Area                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Reports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Act Plan      Begins     Issued
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Y/N)

                                                                                                                                                                                This ongoing audit is reviewing the TIF program to
                                                                                                                          The TIF program received an additional $200           (1) determine whether grant proposals were
                                                                                                      Audit of the
                                                                                                                          million in funding through the Recovery Act to be     evaluated and awarded in accordance with the
                                                                                                     Department's
               Teacher Incentive                         Administrative /                                                 awarded through a new competition. We                 authorizing statute and all applicable regulations;                  Actual
      ED                               $200 million                             OIG Staff       Implementation of the                                                                                                                     Yes                    Q4 FY 10              1
                     Fund                                   Financial                                                     anticipate issuing a report with recommendations      and (2) evaluate the effectiveness of program                       Q1 FY 09
                                                                                                Teacher Incentive Fund
                                                                                                                          that will increase the Department’s effectiveness     oversight to ensure that funds are used as
                                                                                                  (TIF) Grant Program
                                                                                                                          in awarding and monitoring these program funds.       intended, anticipated recipient performance is
                                                                                                                                                                                achieved, and overall programmatic goals are met.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      N/A
                All ED Recovery                                                                     Monitoring the        The general principles for use of Recovery Act
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (memos
                 Act Programs                                                                      Timeliness of the      funds include commencing expenditures and             This project will monitor the timeliness of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    may be
                   (Excluding                            Administrative /                           Obligation and        activities as quickly as possible consistent with     Department’s obligation of Recovery Act funds to                     Actual
      ED                               $75.84 billion                           OIG Staff                                                                                                                                                 Yes                    Ongoing          issued as
               Student Financial                            Financial                           Drawdown of Recovery      prudent management. This project will utilize         states and the states' subsequent drawdowns of                      Q2 FY 09
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                required for
               Assistance (SFA)                                                                    Act Funds at the       reporting capabilities of the Department’s            these funds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 identified
                    Programs)                                                                        Department           financial management systems.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    issues)


                                                                                                                          OMB M-09-10 requires special formatting for pre-
                                                                                                                          solicitation and award notices in FedBizOpps and
                                                                                                                          award reporting in the Federal Procurement Data
                                                                                                                          System to distinguish Recovery Act actions. It also
                                                                                                                          requires the Department to include terms and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      N/A
                                                                                                   Monitoring the         conditions in contract documents necessary for
                                                                                                                                                                                This project will monitor contract and grant                                                       (memos
                                                                                                   Department's           effective implementation of Recovery Act data
                                                                                                                                                                                postings for compliance with applicable                                                             may be
                All ED Recovery                          Administrative /                         Compliance with         collection and accountability requirements. In                                                                             Actual
      ED                              $98.238 billion                           OIG Staff                                                                                       requirements and to determine whether any                 Yes                    Ongoing          issued as
                 Act Programs                               Financial                           Recovery Act Related      addition, for each government contract over                                                                               Q2 FY 09
                                                                                                                                                                                follow-up efforts may be warranted on specific                                                  required for
                                                                                                 Contract and Grant       $500,000, agencies should provide a summary of
                                                                                                                                                                                contracts or grants of interest.                                                                 identified
                                                                                                   Requirements           the contract including a description of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    issues)
                                                                                                                          required products and services, to be made
                                                                                                                          available publicly and linked to Recovery.gov.
                                                                                                                          Similar posting requirements (via Grants.gov) and
                                                                                                                          terms and conditions are required for grant
                                                                                                                          competitions and awards.


                                                                                                                          Upon receipt of referrals from sources such as the
                  All ED ARRA                                                                   Audits, Investigations,   Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board,
                   Programs,                                                                      and Inspections of      Department program offices, and the ED-OIG         Determine whether grantees are in compliance                            Actual
      ED                              $98.238 billion         Other             OIG Staff                                                                                                                                                 Yes                    Ongoing             TBD
                 dependent on                                                                   Selected Recovery Act     Hotline, we will conduct reviews of Recovery Act with applicable laws, regulations, and grant terms.                      Q2 FY 09
               referrals received                                                                      Grantees           grantees where the possibility of fraud, waste,
                                                                                                                          and abuse of Federal funds has been identified.




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                                                                                                             OIG FY 2010 Recovery Act Work Plan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Included on   Expected    Expected
                                      Recovery Act Funds                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Expected
                                                                              Entity Performing                                                                                                                                             Prior      Quarter    Quarter(s)
    Agency       Program Area             Associated       Type of Review                              Project Title                           Background                                              Objective                                                                  Number of
                                                                                    Review                                                                                                                                                Recovery      Work      Report(s)
                                       w/Program Area                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Reports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Act Plan      Begins     Issued
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Y/N)

                                                                                                                           Based on available resources, we selected eight
                                                                                                                           States for our initial round of audits. Four
                                                                                                                           Recovery Act programs, Title I, IDEA, VR, and
               Education for the                                                                                           SFSF, provide $75.84 billion for education and
                 Disadvantaged,                                                                                            government services to State and local
                  Title I, Part A                                                                                          governments. This level of funding represents an
                                                                                                                                                                                  The objective of these audits is to determine if
                 (Title I), Special                                                               Audits of State Controls incredible opportunity and challenge for
                                                                                                                                                                                  agencies charged with responsibility for
                Education, IDEA,                                                                     Over and Plans to     recipients and the Department in terms of
                                                           Administrative /                                                                                                       overseeing Recovery Act funds have designed                          Actual     Beginning
      ED          Part B (IDEA),         $75.84 billion                           OIG Staff        Ensure the Effective    oversight and accountability. This audit will focus                                                              Yes                                         15
                                                              Financial                                                                                                           systems of internal control that are sufficient to                  Q3 FY 09     Q1 FY 10
                    Vocational                                                                       Administration of     on four areas: cash management, use of funds,
                                                                                                                                                                                  provide reasonable assurance of compliance with
                  Rehabilitation                                                                    Recovery Act Funds     sub-recipient monitoring, and data quality. The
                                                                                                                                                                                  applicable laws, regulations, and guidance.
                 (VR), and State                                                                                           work will be performed in Governors’ offices,
               Fiscal Stabilization                                                                                        appropriate State agencies, and school districts.
                   Fund (SFSF)                                                                                             The results of this project, along with other
                                                                                                                           factors, will inform further work related to the
                                                                                                                           Recovery Act. Reports will be issued periodically
                                                                                                                           during this project as appropriate.


                                                                                                                           The Recovery Act creates a $48.6 billion fund to
                                                                                                                           stabilize State and local government budgets to
                                                                                                                           minimize and avoid reductions in education and
                                                                                                                           other essential public services. SFSF funds
                                                                                                                                                                                  The audit will review the controls established to
                                                                                                      Review of the        totaling $36 billion are to be distributed by                                                                                          1st Report
                                                                                                                                                                                  ensure that funds were awarded accurately and
                  State Fiscal                             Administrative /                           Department's         formula in the first phase of these awards in                                                                               Actual     Q4 FY 10,
      ED                                  $48.6 billion                           OIG Staff                                                                                       appropriately (States must submit                         Yes                                          2
               Stabilization Fund                             Financial                            Administration of the   exchange for a commitment to advance essential                                                                             Q3 FY 09    2nd Report
                                                                                                                                                                                  applications/plans in accordance with stated
                                                                                                    Recovery Act's SFSF    education reforms to benefit students from early                                                                                        Q1 FY 11
                                                                                                                                                                                  requirements).
                                                                                                                           learning through post-secondary education. The
                                                                                                                           remaining $12.6 billion will be distributed in the
                                                                                                                           second phase of the program based on reporting
                                                                                                                           of results achieved with the first phase funds.


                                                                                                                           Two primary information systems provide the
                                                                                                   Audit of Information    critical infrastructure to carry out the programs,
                                                                                                                                                                                  This project will evaluate controls within the
                All ED Recovery                            Administrative /                        Technology Systems      grants, and projects funded under the Recovery
      ED                                $98.238 billion                           OIG Staff                                                                                       financial management systems that support                 Yes       Q1 FY 11     Q4 FY 11            1-2
                 Act Programs                                 Financial                              that Support the      Act, the Financial Management Support System
                                                                                                                                                                                  Recovery Act programs and funding.
                                                                                                       Recovery Act        and the Grants and Administrative Payments
                                                                                                                           System.


                                                                                                                           Follow-up audit(s) will drill deeper into any
                                                                                                                           weaknesses identified during the audits of State
                                                                                                                           and local school districts or during the GAO
                                                                                                                           review of Recovery Act funds in the States. This
                                                                                                                                                                                  Our objectives are to determine whether:
                                                                                                      Recipient and        project will begin with an overall planning project
                                                                                                                                                                                  (1) Recovery Act funds were used in accordance
               Title I, IDEA, and                          Administrative /                         Subrecipient Use of    under which audit programs will be developed to                                                                             Actual     Beginning
      ED                                 $75.84 billion                           OIG Staff                                                                                       with applicable laws and regulations, and                 Yes                                        8-12
                       SFSF                                   Financial                            Funds and Quality of    address States and school districts that are at risk                                                                       Q2 FY 10     Q4 FY 10
                                                                                                                                                                                  (2) Recovery Act data reported by recipients and
                                                                                                           Data            for fraud, waste, and abuse as well as to address
                                                                                                                                                                                  subrecipients are accurate, reliable, and complete.
                                                                                                                           specific challenges that appear consistent across
                                                                                                                           multiple States and/or school districts. Reports
                                                                                                                           will be issued periodically during this project as
                                                                                                                           appropriate.




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                                                                                                            OIG FY 2010 Recovery Act Work Plan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Included on   Expected     Expected
                                     Recovery Act Funds                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Expected
                                                                             Entity Performing                                                                                                                                           Prior      Quarter     Quarter(s)
    Agency       Program Area            Associated       Type of Review                               Project Title                          Background                                            Objective                                                                   Number of
                                                                                   Review                                                                                                                                              Recovery      Work       Report(s)
                                      w/Program Area                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Act Plan      Begins      Issued
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (Y/N)

                                                                                                                           This nationwide audit will continue the work
                                                                                                                           performed in FY 2009 (see row 6 above) covering
                                                                                                                           cash management, use of funds, sub-recipient
                                                                                                                           monitoring, and data quality. The audits will        The objective of these audits is to determine if
                                                                                                                           focus on the funds under Title I, IDEA, VR, and      agencies charged with the responsibility for
                                                                                                  State and Local School
                Title I, IDEA, VR,                        Administrative /                                                 SFSF provisions in the Recovery Act. These           overseeing Recovery Act funds have designed                        Actual Q1    Beginning
      ED                                $75.84 billion                           OIG Staff        District Controls Over                                                                                                                 Yes                                         1-3
                     and SFSF                                Financial                                                     projects will build on our experience in reviewing   systems of internal control that are sufficient to                   FY 10       Q4 FY 10
                                                                                                    Recovery Act Funds
                                                                                                                           States in FY 2009, and may be more focused in        provide reasonable assurance of compliance with
                                                                                                                           scope. The results of this project, along with       applicable laws, regulations, and guidance.
                                                                                                                           other factors, will inform further work related to
                                                                                                                           the Recovery Act. Reports will be issued
                                                                                                                           periodically during this project as appropriate.



                                                                                                                         Risk Management Service (RMS) is responsible for
                                                                                                                         identifying risks and taking effective action to
                                                                                                                         manage and mitigate risks that may adversely
                                                                                                                         affect the advancement of the Department's
                                                                                                                         mission. According to its functional statement,
                                                                                                                         RMS is responsible for: (1) Developing and
                                                                                                                         coordinating a Department-wide risk
                                                                                                                         management strategy, and (2) Coordinating and          (1) Evaluate the effectiveness of the
                                                                                                     Review of the       supporting consistent, quality management of           Department’s process for identifying and
                All ED Recovery
                                                                                                 Department's Process to formula and competitive ('discretionary') grants,      designating high-risk/at-risk grantees;
                 Act Programs                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Actual
      ED                                $75.84 billion     Combination           OIG Staff        Identify and Monitor including related program-funded activities.             (2) Evaluate the effectiveness of the monitoring         Yes                     Q1 FY 11              1
                (Excluding SFA                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Q2 FY 10
                                                                                                    High-Risk/At-Risk                                                           approach for these grantees; and
                    Programs)
                                                                                                        Grantees         The regulations at 34 C.F.R. 80.12 provide the         (3) Determine whether the Department’s
                                                                                                                         conditions under which a grantee may be                approach has resulted in grantee improvement.
                                                                                                                         considered “high-risk.” While the Department
                                                                                                                         does use its authority to designate grantees as
                                                                                                                         high-risk grantees, it is unclear how this
                                                                                                                         designation is made, what actions are taken as a
                                                                                                                         result of this designation, and whether this
                                                                                                                         designation has any impact on improving grantee
                                                                                                                         performance.




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                                                                                                         OIG FY 2010 Recovery Act Work Plan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Included on   Expected    Expected
                                  Recovery Act Funds                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Expected
                                                                          Entity Performing                                                                                                                                              Prior      Quarter    Quarter(s)
    Agency       Program Area         Associated       Type of Review                               Project Title                           Background                                              Objective                                                                  Number of
                                                                                Review                                                                                                                                                 Recovery      Work      Report(s)
                                   w/Program Area                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Act Plan      Begins     Issued
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (Y/N)




                                                                                                                         Section 1512 of the Recovery Act requires funding     This project will review the effectiveness of the
                                                                                                                         recipients to submit reports containing detailed      Department’s processes to ensure the accuracy
                                                                                                  Review of the          information on the projects and activities funded     and completeness of recipient reported data.
                                                                                                Department's Data        by the Recovery Act. These reports will provide
              All Recovery Act                         Administrative /
      ED                          $98.238 billion                             OIG Staff        Quality Processes for     the public with an unprecedented level of             Note: The Recovery Accountability and                     Yes       Q4 FY 10     Q2 FY 11              1
              Programs                                    Financial
                                                                                                 ARRA Recipient          transparency into how Federal dollars are being       Transparency Board is coordinating reviews in this
                                                                                                     Reporting           spent and will help drive accountability for the      area in which OIG is participating (see rows
                                                                                                                         timely, prudent, and effective spending of            below.) OIG will be performing this additional
                                                                                                                         recovery dollars.                                     work in Q4.




                                                                                                                                                                               To determine whether the Department has
                                                                                              Department Process for
                All ED Recovery                                                                                          At the request of the Recovery Accountability and     established a process to perform limited data
                                                                                               Monitoring Recipient
                 Act Programs                          Administrative /                                                  Transparency Board, each OIG is to review agency      quality reviews intended to identify material                        Actual       Actual
      ED                              $75.84 billion                          OIG Staff        Reporting of Recovery                                                                                                                     Yes                                          1
                (Excluding SFA                            Financial                                                      plans for monitoring the quality of data reported     omissions and/or significant reporting errors, and                  Q4 FY 09     Q1 FY 10
                                                                                              Act Funds - Data Quality
                    Programs)                                                                                            by its recipients.                                    notify the recipients of the need to make
                                                                                                   Project, Phase I
                                                                                                                                                                               appropriate and timely changes.




                                                                                                                       The Recovery Accountability and Transparency
                                                                                                                       Board requested the OIG community implement a           To determine whether, during the first Section
                                                                                                                       phased data quality review approach which will          1512 reporting cycle, each participating OIG’s
                                                                                              Recovery Act Recipient                                                                                                                                                           1 (included
              All Recovery Act                         Administrative /                                                result in a series of reports to be issued in 2010.     Department (1) identified inaccurate data and                        Actual     Actual Q2
      ED                          $98.238 billion                             OIG Staff       Reporting - Data Quality                                                                                                                   No                                       in DOT
              Programs                                    Financial                                                    This particular effort will identify anecdotal          missing recipient reports, (2) identified the                       Q1 FY 10      FY 10
                                                                                                      Phase II                                                                                                                                                                   Report)
                                                                                                                       causes of inaccurate recipient reported data and        cause(s) of the inaccurate data or missing reports,
                                                                                                                       validate the list of recipients who failed to report.   and (3) mitigated the causes/errors.
                                                                                                                       Seven OIGs are participating in this Phase II effort.




                                                                                                                       The Recovery Accountability and Transparency
                                                                                                                       Board requested the OIG community implement a
                                                                                                                       phased data quality review approach which will
                                                                                                                       result in a series of reports to be issued in 2010.     To determine whether Recovery Act recipient
                                                                                              Recovery Act Recipient
              All Recovery Act                         Administrative /                                                This particular effort will be led by ED OIG and will   processes for compiling and reporting selected                       Actual
      ED                          $98.238 billion                             OIG Staff       Reporting - Data Quality                                                                                                                   No                     Q4 FY 10              1
              Programs                                    Financial                                                    focus on the recipients of ARRA funds, to include       data provide reasonable assurance of compliance                     Q2 FY 10
                                                                                              Phase III
                                                                                                                       prime recipients, subrecipients, contractors and        with §1512 requirements.
                                                                                                                       subcontractors. Four additional OIGs are
                                                                                                                       participating in this effort (HHS, DHS, DOL, and
                                                                                                                       NSF).




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                                                                                                        OIG FY 2010 Recovery Act Work Plan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Included on   Expected    Expected
                                  Recovery Act Funds                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Expected
                                                                          Entity Performing                                                                                                                                              Prior      Quarter    Quarter(s)
    Agency       Program Area         Associated       Type of Review                              Project Title                           Background                                               Objective                                                                  Number of
                                                                                Review                                                                                                                                                 Recovery      Work      Report(s)
                                   w/Program Area                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Act Plan      Begins     Issued
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (Y/N)


                                                                                                                                                                               This project will review the adequacy and
                                                                                                                                                                               effectiveness of the Department’s competitive
                                                                                                                                                                               award process and monitoring of related
                                                                                                                       The Department plans to use a least $4.35 billion
                                                                                                                                                                               grantees. First awards were made in March 2010.
                                                                                                                       in SFSF funds to make competitive grants under
                                                                                                                       the RTT program. The RTT program intends to
                                                                                                                                                                               Note: GAO has been mandated to conduct a
                                                                                                                       help states drive significant improvement in
                                                                                                                                                                               review in this area and we will coordinate with
                                                                                                                       student achievement. Specific goals include: (1)
                                                                                                                                                                               GAO so as not to duplicate effort and to refine our
                                                                                                                       making progress toward rigorous college- and
                                                                                                                                                                               objectives. As a result of our initial discussions,
                                                                                                                       career-ready standards and high-quality
                                                                                                  Review of the                                                                we will focus on the peer reviewer process as it is
                                                                                                                       assessments that are valid and reliable for all
                                                                                              Department's Race to                                                             not part of GAO’s mandate (see below). We will
                                                                                                                       students, including English language learners and                                                                            Actual
      ED        Race to the Top       $4.35 billion     Combination           OIG Staff        the Top (RTTT) Fund                                                             continue to coordinate and reevaluate whether             Yes                    Q4 FY 10            1-2
                                                                                                                       students with disabilities; (2) establishing pre-K to                                                                       Q2 FY 10
                                                                                                 Grant Award and                                                               there is additional non-duplicative work for us to
                                                                                                                       college and career data systems that track
                                                                                                Monitoring Process                                                             perform in this area.
                                                                                                                       progress and foster continuous improvement; (3)
                                                                                                                       making improvements in teacher effectiveness
                                                                                                                                                                               The review of the peer review process will
                                                                                                                       and in the equitable distribution of qualified
                                                                                                                                                                               determine the appropriateness of Department
                                                                                                                       teachers for all students, particularly students
                                                                                                                                                                               actions in the screening and selection of peer
                                                                                                                       who are most in need; and (4) providing intensive
                                                                                                                                                                               reviewers for the RTT discretionary grant program
                                                                                                                       support and effective interventions for the lowest-
                                                                                                                                                                               competition, and the effectiveness of the
                                                                                                                       performing schools.
                                                                                                                                                                               Department’s processes and controls in
                                                                                                                                                                               identifying conflicts of interest or other issues.




                                                                                                                    Perform several audits or inspections, as
              Student Financial                                                                                     needed—or add procedures to audits performed
                  Assistance                                                                         Increased      for other purposes—to test the disbursement of
              Programs (Federal                                                                 Disbursements of    Recovery Act funds to students and schools for             Various, depending on items identified. Generally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Actual
      ED          Pell Grant,          $17 billion      Combination           OIG Staff       Recovery Act Programs participation in the Federal Pell Grant, Academic          to determine whether disbursements are made to            Yes                    Q3 FY 11              2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Q2 FY 10
                 ACG/SMART                                                                      by Post-Secondary   Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science              eligible students and funds are used appropriately.
               Grants, Federal                                                                      Institutions    and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent
                 Work Study)                                                                                        (SMART) Grant, and Federal Work-Study
                                                                                                                    programs.


                                                                                                                       The Recovery Act allows the Secretary to reserve
                                                                                                                                                                               This project will review the effectiveness of the
                                                                                                                       up to $650 million in SFSF to establish an
                                                                                                  Review of the                                                                process to award these funds and the plans for
                                                                                                                       innovation fund. Program funds are to be
                                                                                                  Department's                                                                 monitoring program performance.
                                                                                                                       awarded to eligible entities that have:
              SFSF Innovation                          Administrative /                        Discretionary Grant
      ED                             $650 million                             OIG Staff                                significantly closed achievement gaps; made                                                                       Yes       Q4 FY 10     Q3 FY 11              1
              Funds                                       Financial                           Award and Monitoring                                                             Note: GAO has been mandated to conduct a
                                                                                                                       improvements in areas such as graduation rates
                                                                                              Process for Innovation                                                           review in this area and we will coordinate with
                                                                                                                       and recruitment of high quality teachers; and
                                                                                                      Funds                                                                    GAO so as not to duplicate effort and to refine our
                                                                                                                       demonstrated partnerships with the private
                                                                                                                                                                               objectives.
                                                                                                                       sector to include provision of matching funds.




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