Department of Education

Opportunities to Realize Savings Gao ID: T-HEHS-95-56 January 18, 1995

Congress is considering proposed budget reductions and rescissions affecting the Department of Education, which runs about 240 programs with a budget totaling $33.7 billion--$25.1 billion in discretionary spending and $8.6 billion in mandatory funds. This testimony discusses (1) the need to reexamine the programs previously suggested by Education for elimination because they duplicate other programs, their purposes are already achieved, or they are more appropriately funded through nonfederal resources; (2) potential funding cuts that Congress may want to consider in higher education programs; (3) Department programs related to employment training that overlap with each other and other programs outside the Department; and (4) ways to reduce the negative impact of any Title I or other formula grant funding reductions.

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