New Republican Leaders Take Aim at GAO Report on For-Profit Colleges

The incoming Republican chairmen of the House oversight and education committees have set their sights on Congress’s investigative arm, the Government Accountability Office. In a letter sent on Tuesday, Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Rep. John Kline of Minnesota ask the GAO to explain the circumstances surrounding its recent decision to amend a report that found recruiting abuses at several for-profit colleges. The colleges and their Republican supporters argue that the changes in the report undermine its conclusions, but the GAO and Democrats insist the changes did not affect the report’s overall message. In the letter, the lawmakers suggest that the accountability office did not live up to its own standards of “accountability, integrity, and reliability.”

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