Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services: Final Requirements--Race to the Top--Early Learning Challenge; Phase 2
GAO-13-161R: Nov 13, 2012
GAO reviewed the Department of Education's and the Department of Health and Human Services' (Departments) new rule on final requirements--Race to the Top--Early Learning Challenge; Phase 2. GAO found that (1) the final rule implements requirements for Phase 2 of the Race to the Top--Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program. In Phase 2, the Departments will make awards to certain states that applied for, but did not receive, funding under the RTT-ELC competition held in fiscal year (FY) 2011 (FY 2011 RTT-ELC competition). Specifically, the Departments will consider eligible the five highest scoring applicants that did not receive funding in the FY 2011 RTT-ELC competition, each of which received approximately 75 percent or more of the available points under the competition. The Departments take this action to fund down the slate of the FY 2011 RTT-ELC competition and to establish the information and assurances that the five eligible applicants will need to provide in order to receive funding under Phase 2 of the RTT-ELC program; and (2) the Departments complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.