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


Resources


The Department's success in achieving its goals and objectives will depend upon the resources available to support them. The Department is responsible for two types of program funding--(1) Congressional appropriations for its programs and services and (2) student loans provided by ED or guaranteed and provided by lending institutions. The key resources supporting our programs and leadership activities are program administration funds and staffing.

These resources are allocated towards meeting our goals as demonstrated in the following tables. While some of our programs are targeted at particular objectives, many programs support more than one objective (see the relationship chart) (NOTE: Due to its layout, the relationship chart is displayed in portable document format (pdf). To view it, you will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader.). In particular, we have a number of major programs that support both Goals 1 and 2, such as Title I Grants for Disadvantaged Children. For that reason, the resources are grouped at the level of goals, and the resources supporting Goals 1 and 2 are aggregated in the table.

Distribution of total resources--budget authority for programs, new loans, and budget authority for administrative expenses

Table 1 below illustrates how the Department's total resources are allocated to the strategic plan goals. Some highlights include:

TABLE 1. Estimated Distribution of Funding and Staffing Resources to Strategic Plan Goals, based on FY 1997 budget authority and estimated new student loans

"Program Funding" Staffing (estimated
FTE usage)
Administration Funding
Budget Authority/ Student Loans ($000s) Percent of Total Number Percent of Total Salaries
&
Expenses1
($000s)
Percent of Total
Goal 1 and Goal 2 (ED's K-12 education programs)
ED's K-12 programs $16,383,0881 24.6% 577 12.9% $60,519 7.5%
Goal 3 (postsecondary, vocational rehabilitation, and adult education)
Postsecondary, vocational rehabilitation, and adult education programs, and student loans 15,160,7921
34,764,0002

$49,924,792
74.8% 1,875 42.0% $529,589 65.6%
Goal 4 (research, leadership/oversight/operations)
Research
(OERI, NIDRR, IDEA
Research to Practice, FIPSE)
3
$427,4511 0.6% 387 8.6% $44,098 5.5%
Leadership/oversight/
operations 4
$0 - 947 21.2% $118,414 14.7%
Civil Rights, direct support5
Office of Civil Rights,
Title IV Training and Advisory Services, Women's Educational Equity
$9,3341 0.0% 682 15.3% $55,112 6.8%
Total resources $66,744,655 100.0% 4,468 100% $807,732 100%

Distribution of administrative funds

In FY 1997, administrative funds ($807.7 million) represent 2.5% of ED's budget authority but--in a more accurate reflection of ED's responsibilities--1.2% of all program funding, including new student loans. Table 2 categorizes the Department's administrative funding by type of activity. Administrative funds are used for salaries, contracts, and other expenses (such as rent, telephones, equipment and supplies).

ED's administrative funds are used for:

Table 2. Estimated Distribution of Program Administration Funds by Goal and Type of Activity

FY 1997 Salaries &
Expenses ($000s)
Percent of Total
Goal 1 and Goal 2 (ED's K-12 education programs)
Salaries
Contracts
Other
Subtotal
$41,092
$5,000
$14,427
$60,519
5.0%
0.6%
1.8%
7.4%
Goal 3 (postsecondary, vocational rehabilitation, and adult education)
Salaries
Contracts
Other
Subtotal
$120,618
$325,950
$83,021
$529,589
14.9%
40.4%
10.3%
65.6%
Goal 4 (research, leadership/oversight/operations)
ResearchSalaries
Contracts
Other
Subtotal


$29,953
$4,129
$10,016
$44,098


3.7%
0.5%
1.2%
5.4%
Leadership/oversight/ operations Salaries
Contracts
Other
Subtotal



$65,789
$18,824
$33,801
$118,414



8.1%
2.4%
4.2%
14.7%
Civil Rights, direct support
Salaries
Contracts
Other
Subtotal
$44,389
$1,412
$9,311
$55,112
5.5%
0.2%
1.2%
6.9%
Totals, by category
Salaries
Contracts
Other
$301,841
$355,315
$150,576
37.4%
44.0%
18.6%
Total S&E funding $807,732 100.0%

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