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KPMG Performance Audit Final Report: New Jersey Department of Education

August 2007


In 2007, the Governor signed into law Joint Resolution No. 3 stating that the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) should conduct a thorough and comprehensive evaluation identifying organizational and staffing deficiencies that limit DOE’s ability to provide effective oversight of the Districts in the state. In addition, the resolution calls for DOE to improve capacity to oversee the operation of Districts and to respond immediately and effectively to operational and educational issues that may arise.

To meet these objectives, DOE commissioned a performance audit to assess the oversight of District operations and provide recommendations to potentially improve the efficiency and effectiveness of DOE’s oversight capacity and relevant processes. In furtherance of this goal, KPMG LLP (KPMG) was asked to provide the requested services so as to offer as an objective and independent assessment of DOE’s performance in the form of a report. KPMG started fieldwork on May 6, 2007 and concluded on June 29, 2007. DOE was provided a draft report by July 13, 2007. KPMG met with DOE to discuss the draft on July 13, 2007 and throughout the week of July 16, 2007. A final draft was provided by July 27, 2007 as was required by Joint Resolution No. 3. KPMG conducted this performance audit in accordance with Performance Audit Standards of Generally Accepted Governmental Auditing Standards as promulgated by the Comptroller General of the United States (“Yellow Book”).

Sections I-IV

I. Engagement Summary

II. Engagement Scope & Approach

III. Current State Overview

IV. Desired State Overview

V. Findings & Recommendation

VI. Appendices

Appendix A – Organizational Chart

Appendix B – Job Activity Questionnaire Results

Appendix C – District Survey Results

Appendix D – Benchmarking Results

Public Comments and DOE Responses