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U.S. Department of Education Strategic Plan, 1998-2002 - September 1997


Development of the Plan



Drafting the Plan

The Department of Education first developed a strategic plan in 1994. That plan started the transformation of the Department into a high performance organization, and gave us experience at both developing plans and in using a plan to track implementation of key priorities. This new strategic plan builds on our first plan, incorporating new policy directions from the Department's leadership and findings from a variety of supporting documents, including:

During the spring and summer of 1997, drafts of this plan were prepared and circulated within the Department widely. Meetings were held with the Labor-Management Partnership to receive feedback on the plan. Assistant secretaries were asked to meet with their staffs to discuss the plan, obtain ideas for changes, and also begin to discuss how the plan would be implemented by their offices. The Deputy Secretary personally reviewed the plan in detail and approved substantive changes. At no time was any contractor involved in the drafting or other development of this plan.

Consultations

The Department consulted extensively with outside interested parties on this strategic plan, and made changes as a result of those consultations. Even where we did not make changes, we distributed the comments to appropriate offices to take into account when administering programs and new initiatives.


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