Lobbying Groups Object to Education Department's New Data-Mining Authority

The Education Department’s inspector general's office plans to create a new central database of computer records that it hopes will help the office do a better job of detecting waste and abuse in government programs.

Several higher-education lobbying groups, however, are objecting on privacy grounds, saying this week in a letter of protest that the auditing agency is seeking “an unfettered right to engage in data mining on records of individuals who have had any interaction