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Department of Education News

Federal Student Aid shifting toward a customer-centric approach to IT

Jerry Williams, the CIO of FSA, said he's reorganizing his office to establish customer service representatives to help the mission areas use IT more successfully.
April 10, 2014

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 01:54pm EDT
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Education bucks the cyber trend, brings capabilities in-house

The Education Department's new security operations center reached initial operations capability in 2013 featuring six tools to improve the protection of its network and data. Steve Grewal, Education's chief information security officer, said a move to cloud and mobile computing requires the agency to have more visibility and accountability into how vendors protect its network.
March 6, 2014

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 05:14am EST
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IGs to propose cyber maturity model to better gauge federal cyber health

The goal is to more accurately evaluate the security of the government's computer networks and systems. These efforts could bring more consistency to the cyber auditing process and engender more confidence in its results.

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 04:45am EST
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White House says agencies slowly meeting open data milestones

Seven months after the White House issued a new policy and executive order, some agencies have met the requirements to release their data inventories and create a "/data" page. But many agencies have yet to follow through on the milestones.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 11:08am EST

Online courses re-shaping higher education

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will examine how online college courses are afffecting higher education in the U.S.
November 28, 2013

Thursday - 11/28/2013, 06:31pm EST
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Partnership honors protector of student, teachers' rights

During his 40-plus years in the federal service, Philip Rosenfelt, the Education Department's acting general counsel, has bolstered the rights of students and advanced the teaching profession through his work in education law.

Monday - 09/09/2013, 05:02pm EDT

Online courses re-shaping higher education

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will examine how online college courses are afffecting higher education in the U.S.
April 25, 2013

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 06:31pm EDT
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HUD CIO Jerry Williams takes new job at Education

Jerry Williams will become the new chief information officer at the Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid. Patsy Garnett, HUD's acting deputy CIO for IT and business modernization, also is heading to a new agency.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 09:43am EDT

$4 billion up for grabs and $1.6 billion potential cuts

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts examine how the ongoing budget battle is affecting contracting.
March 14, 2013

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 06:54pm EDT
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AP source: Duncan to stay at education department

An Education Department official says Secretary Arne Duncan will remain in President Barack Obama's Cabinet into a second term. The official disclosed the decision Monday on the condition of anonymity because a public announcement has not been made.

Monday - 01/14/2013, 03:55pm EST

OMB ratchets up accountability on high-priority goals

The administration updated Performance.gov with a variety of data to highlight progress against each agency's goals and the cross-agency goals. OMB's Shelley Metzenbaum said the depth of information now on the site puts pressure on agencies to meet or surpass their goals. Interior and Education provide examples of how the discipline that the high-priority goals demanded has positively impacted their agency.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 06:13am EST
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Timing, technology converge to better attack improper payments

Over the last three years, agencies understood the problem better, improved how they tracked the information and used advanced data analysis tools to lower the governmentwide rate to 4.69 percent from 5.42 percent in 2009. While the amount of money improperly paid out hit a high of $125 billion in 2010, Danny Werfel, the Office of Management and Budget's controller, expects it to drop for a second consecutive year, below the $115 billion mark in 2011.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 03:31pm EDT
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Order calls for interagency cooperation on veterans' mental health

Executive order calls for vets in emotional distress to be seen by a professional within 24 hours. It also enlists HHS, Education, DoD and VA in interagency partnerships to find treatments for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 05:33am EDT
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Government opens competition for new school grants

Following four months of public comment on a draft proposal, the Education Department unveiled its final criteria for the district-level competition, which will award 15 to 25 grants to districts that have at least 2,000 students and 40 percent or more who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches _ a key poverty indicator.

Sunday - 08/12/2012, 12:01am EDT

Sequestration could spur furloughs at Education

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the furloughs would address tighter budgets caused by sequestration. He also discussed other possible effects, including reductions in contracting. Wednesday's hearing represented the first time members of Congress have closely examined the effects across-the-board spending cuts could have on civilian agencies.

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:57am EDT
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Education secretary urges balanced budget cuts

Services would have to be slashed for more than 1.8 million disadvantaged students and thousands of teachers and aides would lose their jobs when automatic budget cuts kick in, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 04:20pm EDT

Feds improve customer service through data analysis

While government IT resources are shrinking, a dire need for improvements with customer interaction will be key to agencies survival.

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 12:01pm EDT

Senate leaders say they have student loan deal

The Senate's top Democrat and Republican said Tuesday that they've reached a deal that would prevent interest rates on college loans from doubling beginning this weekend for millions of students. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has yet to decide whether the pact will be acceptable to his Republican-run chamber.

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 06:44pm EDT

DoD, VA, Education toughen rules against predatory colleges

Agencies are working toward implementing an executive order designed to crack down on "fly- by-night" colleges that target military members' education benefits

Monday - 06/18/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Agencies sitting on $70B in unspent funds, report finds

A congressional report released today outlines $70 billion of unspent federal dollars that could have helped disaster victims, spurred highway construction and fund education programs.

Thursday - 06/07/2012, 09:30am EDT
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