Sneak Preview: ED Agency Vows To Review Charter School Audits

November 2, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(The following is excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement pledged to review Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133 and independent audit reports of Charter School program grantees as part of its onsite monitoring process after ED’s Office of Inspector General determined OII could not prove that it was evaluating these reports.

In an audit of OII’s oversight of charter school planning and implementation grants, OIG found that from August 2007 to September 2011, OII did not effectively oversee and monitor charter school grants to the state educational agencies and non-SEAs, and OII failed to ensure that SEAs effectively monitored their subrecipients. It further added that OII did not document that Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133 single audit reports were completed and submitted for review annually.

Although ED policy states that OII should determine whether a grantee was required to submit a single audit report and whether the grantee complied with Circular A-133 reporting requirements, OII does not have a procedure to compare Circular A-133 audit reports with monitoring reports, nor does it have a policy to ensure that grantees complied with Circular A-133 audit requirements. ED policy states that program staff must review a grantee’s expenditure information on a quarterly basis or more frequently if a grantee is experiencing problems.


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