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U.S. Department of Education
Office of Inspector General 
Semiannual Reportto Congress
No. 42
 
October 1, 2000March 31, 2001
 
 
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Inspector General 
Semiannual Reportto Congress 
No. 42
 
October 1, 2000
March 31, 2001 
 
 April 30, 2001Honorable Roderick R. PaigeSecretary of EducationWashington, DC 20202Dear Mr. Secretary:I am pleased to welcome you to the Department of Education and to submit to you, in accordancewith the Inspector General Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-452, as amended, section 5(b)), thissemiannual report on the activities of the Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) for thesix-month period ending March 31, 2001. The enclosed report highlights the most significantmanagement challenges facing the Department and our recommendations to address them as wellas the Department’s success in meeting them or the need to take further action. The report bothincludes and updates information we provided to Congress earlier this period concerning themanagement challenges facing the Department. We particularly note the Department’ssignificant challenges in testing and implementing a new general ledger system and in other areasof information management.The Inspector General Act requires you to transmit this report by May 30, 2001 to the appropriatecongressional committees and subcommittees, together with a report containing any commentsyou wish to make; the statistical tables specified in section 5(a)(13)(b)(2) and (3); and astatement with respect to audit reports on which management decisions have been made, butfinal action has not been taken, as specified in section 5(a)(13)(b)(4).We are committed to carrying out our legislative mandate to identify fraud, waste, and abuse, and to recommend appropriate corrective actions. I look forward to continuing to work together withyou and Department managers to ensure that Department of Education programs and operationsserve the nation’s students and taxpayers with efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity.Sincerely,Lorraine LewisEnclosure

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