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Department of Education OIG

Review of State Plans for Use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds

The objectives of our review are to (1) review states’ initial 45-day GEER Fund reports to determine how states plan to allocate funds to entities within the three authorized categories: (a) local educational agencies, (b) institutions of higher education, and (c) education-related entities, and the criteria upon which these decisions were based; and (2) review GEER Fund annual reports to identify changes to and progress made from the initial plans in the 45-day reports.
Department of Education OIG

Department’s Processes for Implementing CARES Act Related Flexibilities to TEACH Grant Service Obligations

Evaluate the Department’s plans/processes to ensure TEACH grantees receive full-time credit toward their service obligations for part-time and temporarily interrupted service due to COVID-19.
Department of Education OIG

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting Requirements

The objective of our inspection was to determine (1) whether selected institutions receiving funds under the Institutional Portion of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) met public reporting requirements and (2) the reported usage of the Institutional Portion of HEERF by selected institutions. We determined that 81 of the 100 institutions included in our sample complied with Institutional Portion reporting requirements. We were unable to locate Institutional Portion reports anywhere on the websites associated with 19 of the 100 (19 percent) institutions included in our sample.
Department of Education OIG

Remington College—Use of its Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Award

Determine whether Remington College used the Student Aid (84.425E) and Institutional (84.425F) portions of its Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funds for allowable and intended purposes.
Department of Education OIG

Lincoln College of Technology's Use of its Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Award

Determine whether Lincoln College of Technology used the Student Aid (84.425E) and Institutional (84.425F) portions of its Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funds for allowable and intended purposes.
Department of Education OIG

Assessment of the Department’s Reconstitution Plans Following COVID-19

The objective of our inspection was to assess the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) plans and procedures for returning employees to the federal office in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including what existing guidance the Department considered when developing its plans and procedures. We found that the Department generally incorporated available guidance, which was intended to provide for a safe and gradual return to federal offices, in its Workplace Reconstitution Transition Plan (Reconstitution Plan). However, we noted that the Department’s Reconstitution Plan does not...
Department of Education OIG

State of Missouri's Administration of the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund Grant

Determine whether Missouri designed and implemented (1) awarding processes that ensured that the GEER Fund grant was used to support local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) that were most significantly impacted by the coronavirus or LEAs, IHEs, or other education-related entities within the State that were deemed essential for carrying out emergency educational services, and (2) monitoring processes to ensure that subgrantees used GEER Fund grant funds in accordance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other applicable Federal requirements.
Department of Education OIG

State of Oklahoma's Administration of the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund Grant

Determine whether Oklahoma designed and implemented (1) awarding processes that ensured that the GEER Fund grant was used to support local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) that were most significantly impacted by the coronavirus or LEAs, IHEs, or other education-related entities within the State that were deemed essential for carrying out emergency educational services, and (2) monitoring processes to ensure that subgrantees used GEER Fund grant funds in accordance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other applicable Federal requirements.
Department of Education OIG

Federal Student Aid's Implementation of Temporary Borrower Relief Under the CARES Act - Suspension of Involuntary Collections on Defaulted Student Loans

Evaluate the results of Federal Student Aid’s process for 1) suspending involuntary collection on defaulted Department-held loans in response to the national emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic and 2) refunding payments involuntarily collected on defaulted Department-held loans in accordance with Department regulations and guidance.
Department of Education OIG

Challenges for Consideration in Implementing and Overseeing the CARES Act

This management information report provides the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) perspective on challenges the U.S. Department of Education (Department) may face as it implements and oversees the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In preparing this report, we reviewed recent audit work performed by OIG and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as well as OIG’s annual Management Challenges reports. We also reviewed challenges that the Department faced when administering education-related grant programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...