(This title was changed from the originally distributed version of the March 14th Public Policy Report. The original title inaccurately used the word Duplicity, when Duplication is the appropriate word).

A new report to Congress by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends an evaluation of the 82 federal programs that aim to improve the quality of the nation’s educators. The report found that there is currently no government-wide strategy to “minimize fragmentation, overlap, or duplication among these many programs,” which are administered across 10 federal agencies.

The GAO found that: “Many of these programs share similar goals. For example, 9 of the 82 programs support improving the quality of teaching in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects and these programs alone are administered across the Departments of Education, Defense, and Energy; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and the National Science Foundation.”

Education programs were among 34 areas recommended for congressional review. To read the report, entitled “Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue,” visit http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11318sp.pdf.


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