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Path to Improvement

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The Department of Education has drawn up a list of annual goals to improve its financial-management systems. Among the highlights:

By Fiscal 2002:

  • The Education Department will achieve a "clean" audit report.
  • External and internal accountability problems will have been substantially reduced.
  • The agency will minimize student-loan defaults and improve collections of student loans.

By Fiscal 2003:

  • Program managers will have financial data necessary to manage effectively.
  • Student-aid programs will be less vulnerable to fraud, waste, error, and mismanagement.
  • The agency will conduct business with customers online to the fullest extent possible.
  • Managers will have tools and flexibility to recruit top-notch job candidates.
  • The agency will set the standard for performance accountability among federal agencies.

By Fiscal 2004:

  • Employees will possess skills necessary to do their jobs.
  • The department will earn a Certificate of Excellence for Accountability Reporting from the Association of Government Accountants.

SOURCE: "Blueprint for Management Excellence," Department of Education. (Requires Adobe's Acrobat Reader.)

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