The U.S. Department of Education has warned two businesses about the use of its government logos in its website marketing efforts aimed at adults seeking information about college programs and student aid, the Huffington Post reports.

As of April 1, 2016, according to the Huff Post, one of the groups, Abuv Media, Inc., had responded by removing Department of Education logos and marks from its sites -- and -- and replaced them with a sentence stating, "This site is not affiliated with or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education."

The discontinuation of use of Department of Education logos by the websites came after receipt of a March 24 letter from the government stating that use of the marks "inappropriately imply a relationship between the Department and these websites.

The second company to receive such  a cease-and-desist letter from the government, according to Huffington Post, is MC Business Group, LLC, which operates
Inside Higher Ed reports that the U.S. Department of Education is refusing to identify the "dozens of colleges" for which it has curtailed access to federal aid despite the risk that these institutions may pose to their students and to taxpayers.
According to the report, the Education Department has identified 76 colleges or universities that are to be subjected to  "heightened cash monitoring," but it won't say which schools are among those whose access to federal financial aid may be restricted or slowed due to this status.
According to Inside Higher Ed, "Even as it pushes to make far more information about colleges available to consumers, the department is keeping hidden from public view its decisions to punish certain colleges with funding restrictions known as heightened cash monitoring. At the end of last October, 76 colleges or universities were subject to the most stringent form of those restrictions, according to the department. Another 455 institutions, as of last August, faced a lower level of scrutiny. But the department has refused to provide the names of those colleges because of the 'competitive injury'  it may cause them."

Former officials at Carnegie Career College in Ohio now will spend years in prison for defrauding the U.S. Department of Education in a student financial aid scam.
During a hearing in federal court, a United States district judge sentenced John Ceroni and Adale Ceroni to more than four years in prison for improperly taking $2.3 million in student aid through a scheme involving fake student files and diplomas, according to a news report.