Team at Education will tackle financial abuses

Team at Education will tackle financial abuses

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

APRIL 24'The Education Department has appointed eight people to a newly created Management Improvement Team to root out financial abuse and fraud of the department's assets identified by the inspector general.

Among the team members are Rick Miller, principal deputy chief information officer for information technology, and Robert Davidson, the acting deputy CIO for information assurance. Jack Higgins of the Inspector General's Office will head the team.

Education Secretary Rod Paige announced the creation of the team April 20 as part of an effort to address mismanagement at the department, where more than $450 million has reportedly been misused since 1998.

Others team members include representatives from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Student Financial Aid.

The group has a three-month time frame to develop a blueprint for Education to achieve a clean audit report, remove student financial assistance programs from the General Accounting Office's high-risk list, maintain efforts to modernize student aid delivery and management, and reduce student loan default costs.

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