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Develops policy resources, recommendations, and initiatives that help define a broad, coherent vision for achieving the President and Secretary's priorities. Also supports the implementation of critical policies by the Department and education providers through application of resources, analysis, strategic planning, and evaluation.

Staff Offices:

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

The Chief Financial Officer's primary responsibility involves supervising the activities of major components, and serving as the principal advisor to the U.S. Department of Education Secretary on all matters related to discretionary grant-making, cooperative agreements, and procurement, as well as financial management, financial control, and accounting.  The organization's mission is to provide accurate, timely, and useful grant, contract and financial management information and services to the all of the Department’s stakeholders.

Office of the Chief Information Officer

Develops technological strategies and solutions that enable the Department of Education to provide world-class service to schools, students and their families.

Office of Communications and Outreach

OCO leads ED's communications and outreach efforts. OCO oversees press relations, publications, contacts with organizations, and communication with parents, educators, students, and citizens..

Office of Educational Technology

OET develops national educational technology policy and implements this policy through Department-wide educational technology programs.

Office of the General Counsel

Provides legal advice to all persons authorized to request such advice or services. Directs, coordinates, and recommends policy for activities that are designed to provide legal documents, rules, and regulations entered into by the Department, including proposed and pending legislation.

Office of Inspector General

Conducts audits and investigations of Department programs and operations in order to promote their efficiency and effectiveness and to detect and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.  Through courts and administrative procedures, this office seeks to recover misused federal funds. In cooperation with the Department of Justice, it seeks prosecution of wrongdoers.

Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs

Serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary on education and other legislative matters before the Congress and as the Department's liaison in responding to the needs of Congress.  Provides the direction, planning, and development for the implementation of the legislative goals of the Department. Works with the Congress to assure the receipt of necessary information relating to policies, appropriations, and programs and to assure the Department’s responsiveness to their requests.

Office of Management

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