State Education Department
Fiscal Status of Department Operations During the
year ended March 31,
1996, the State Education Department was appropriated about $260
million to administer its
programs. In March 1996, Department staff projected that, as of
March 31, 1996, the
Department's expenses would exceed these appropriations by $5.3
million. At the request of
the Department's Commissioner, who took office in September 1995,
we audited the
Department's financial reporting systems to determine the actual
size of the operating deficit.
We determined that, as of March 31, 1996, this deficit totaled
$3.7 million. We also
identified several weaknesses in the Department's financial
reporting systems. As a result of
these weaknesses, the financial information reported to upper
management was neither timely
nor accurate. We recommend a number of improvements in the
financial reporting systems.
In particular, we recommend that the Department make greater use
of available computer
For a complete copy of Report 96-S-31 click here.
For a copy of the associated follow-up report click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.