The Federal Education Department shared personal information on hundreds of student loan applicants with the Federal Bureau of Investigation over a five-year period that began after Sept. 11, 2001, the agencies said. Under the program, called Project Strikeback, the Education Department got names from the F.B.I. and checked them against its student aid database, reports the New York Times. Each year, the Education Department collects information from 14 million applications for federal student aid.
Neither agency would say whether any investigations resulted. The agencies said the program had been closed. The effort was reported yesterday by a graduate student, Laura McGann, at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, as part of a reporting project that focused on national security and civil liberties.