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U.S. Department of Education

Service Provider Description
ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. Its
original directive remains its mission today; to ensure equal access to
education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. ED's
4,500 employees and $71.5 billion budget are dedicated to:

* Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and
distributing as well as monitoring those funds.
* Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research.
* Focusing national attention on key educational issues.
* Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

[Summary provided by Department of Education]
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