Reform Education’s General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and Grants Administration Processes

Author: Kathy Stack


By strengthening state and local capacity to use data analytics, evaluation, and evidence in formula grant programs, the Department of Education could significantly increase the impact of its major investments in pre-K, K-12, and community college systems. Important changes could be made through coordinated regulatory and administrative actions that do not require congressional action, laying the groundwork for future congressional action to fill critical gaps.

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About the Author

Kathy Stack is an independent consultant helping government and non-profit organizations develop creative strategies for using data, evidence, and innovation to improve the impact of government social programs. Previously she spent over three decades in the federal government, including 27 years at the White House Office of Management and Budget. As OMB’s Deputy Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance and Labor from 2007 to 2013, she oversaw budget, policy, legislation, regulations, and management issues for the Departments of Education and Labor and major human services programs. From 2013 to 2015, she launched and led OMB’s Evidence Team to strengthen federal agency capacity to use evidence, evaluation, data, and outcome-focused program designs to improve program effectiveness. After retiring from the federal government in 2015, Kathy served for several years as Vice President at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation where she helped federal, state, and local governments build capacity to use data and evidence to improve decision-making.