Keith Moore responds to GOAC

The Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee sent a letter to Keith Moore asking questions about his involvement with South Dakota’s GEAR UP program. His reply arrived Friday at the Legislative Research Council.

Moore was state director of Indian education for Gov. Mike Rounds and state Education Secretary Rick Melmer. After Melmer left to become dean of education at the University of South Dakota, Moore soon followed, leaving for USD in August 2009 to be the university’s chief diversity officer.

Moore accepted appointed as the federal director for the Bureau of Indian Education and began on June 7, 2010. Here’s a biography issued during his time at BIE. He left BIE as a federal inspector general issued this conduct report in 2014. He now works as state director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Moore said in his letter to GOAC he wouldn’t be appearing before the committee when it meets Thursday (and possibly Friday) in Sioux Falls. In the letter he said he was invited to be on the advisory panel for GEAR UP from August 2012 through September 2015.

GEAR UP is a federal program, operated through the state Department of Education, to help students know there are education opportunities available after they graduate high school.