Letter to the Secretary
April 30, 1996Honorable Richard W. Riley
Secretary of Education
Washington, DC 20202
Dear Mr. Secretary:
I am pleased to submit this Semiannual Report on the activities of the Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the six-month period ending March 31, 1996. Submission of this report is in accordance with section 5 of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-452, as amended). The Act requires that you transmit this report, along with any comments you may wish to make, to the appropriate Congressional committees and subcommittees.
When I became this Department's Inspector General in January, I was deeply impressed by the extraordinary challenges - fiscal, operational and programmatic that faced both the Department and the Office I was to lead. In the months that followed, I was to be equally impressed by the skill, dedication and professional integrity of OIG staff, and by the willingness of Department managers to work cooperatively with us to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department's operations and programs.
The last several months have indeed been challenging ones for this Department and for the Office of Inspector General, but as we transmit this report, there are hopeful indications of better times ahead. I look forward to continued progress on the critical issues that have been identified during this and prior periods, as together we work to achieve our mutually reinforcing goals of educational excellence and equality of educational opportunity for the nation's learners, and program efficiency, effectiveness and integrity for the nation's learners and taxpayers.
Thomas R. Bloom