Bureau of Engraving and Printing Should Evaluate Currency Reader Program, GAO Says

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Bureau of Engraving and Printing Should Evaluate Currency Reader Program, GAO Says


Kim, Anne L, Roll Call


The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has started the process of distributing thousands of currency readers to the blind and visually impaired and a recommendation recently released by the Government Accountability Office pretty much boils down to this: evaluate the program to figure out if it actually works.

The Bureau plans to distribute between 100,000 and 500,000 currency readers and to spend roughly $35 million on the program over three years, according to the GAO.

The recent report states that while the Bureau has taken some initial steps to evaluate the program's effectiveness, they're not enough:

BEP has taken some initial steps to evaluate the effectiveness of the currency reader program... however, these efforts do not provide BEP with complete information about important parts of the currency reader program such as how well the program provides visually impaired persons with a means to independently denominate currency.

The Bureau has undertaken certain actions like asking for feedback from organizations for the visually impaired, but it isn't planning to assess the program's effectiveness in providing visually impaired people with a way to denominate currency, according to the report. …

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