Federal Report Roundup

Head Start Programs

By Mary C. Breaden — February 19, 2008 1 min read

A More Comprehensive Risk Management Strategy and Data Improvements Could Further Strengthen Program Oversight

After being alerted three years ago to weaknesses in its oversight of local agencies operating federal Head Start preschool programs, the Administration for Children and Families has still not conducted a comprehensive review of how it manages those programs, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The watchdog congressional agency says that while improvements are being made—such as the new law that allows for more competition for Head Start grants—the children and families administration remains limited in how it uses data to improve the performance of local providers.

The GAO is recommending that the federal agency, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, make better and more cost-effective use of its annual survey of grantees and devise “clear criteria” for which grantees might need a closer look, perhaps through on-site reviews.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 20, 2008 edition of Education Week

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