Citation Edit

Government Accountability Office, Education: Status of the Department of Education's Inventory of Its Data Collections (GAO-13-596R) (June 28, 2013) (full-text).

Overview Edit

The Department of Education administers numerous information collections to a variety of entities. These data collections are used for research, accountability, monitoring, compliance with civil rights laws, and other purposes. GAO was asked to determine the breadth of Education's data collection efforts and examine Education's efforts to compile an inventory of its data collections. Specifically, GAO examined (1) what information the inventory of Education's data collections will contain and when it will be completed, (2) the process Education is using to catalog its data collections, and to what extent that process includes internal controls to ensure the accuracy of the information collected, and (3) Education's plan to make its data collection inventory publicly available.