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Drinking Water: Consumers Often Not Well-informed of Potentially Serious Violations
RCED-92-135: Published: Jun 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the quality and safety of the public drinking water supply, focusing on: (1) public water systems' compliance with and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act's requirements for notification of public drinking water safety violations; and (2) the requirements' effectiveness in ensuri...
Drinking Water: Inadequate Regulation of Home Treatment Units Leaves Consumers at Risk
RCED-92-34: Published: Dec 27, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the regulation, sale, and use of home water treatment units (HWTU), focusing on: (1) consumer and health concerns associated with HWTU; (2) the regulatory controls in place to protect the public from fraudulent claims or increased health risks; and (3) whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or other federal agencies should take additiona...
Water Pollution: Nonindustrial Wastewater Pollution Can Be Better Managed
RCED-92-40: Published: Dec 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the range, sources, and seriousness of pollutants found in nonindustrial wastewater; (2) local and state governments' strategies and programs to better manage and control those pollutants; and (3) federal options that might encourage or require better management and control of those pollutants.GAO found that: (1) household wastewater accounts...
Lawn Care Pesticides: EPA Needs to Assess State Notification Programs
RCED-91-208: Published: Sep 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the kind of notice the public receives when commercial applicators apply pesticides.GAO found that: (1) state notification requirements vary in terms of who should be provided with information, when the information should be provided, what information should be provided, and whether the information must be requested; (2) 23 states re...
Homelessness: Action Needed to Make Federal Surplus Property Program More Effective
RCED-91-33: Published: Oct 9, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the availability of surplus federal property for use by the homeless under Title V of the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act.GAO found that: (1) between January and June 1990, the Department of Housing and Urban Development found that 52 percent of 7,666 properties reviewed for potential use by the homeless were suitable; (2) although...
Impact of FHA Loan Policy Changes on Its Cash Position
T-RCED-90-70: Published: Jun 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1990.
GAO discussed the impact of proposed policy changes on the cash position of the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund, focusing on the effects of: (1) increasing FHA mortgage ceiling limits; (2) reducing down payment requirements; and (3) allowing FHA to insure adjustable rate mortgages (ARM) with higher interest rate caps. GAO noted that the MMI fund: (1) was...
Homelessness: Too Early to Tell What Kinds of Prevention Assistance Work Best
RCED-90-89: Published: Apr 24, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1990.
GAO reviewed a variety of federal, state, and local homelessness prevention program eligibility requirements and limitations.GAO found that: (1) financial resources devoted to homelessness prevention consistently fell short of demand; (2) only a few state and local organizations had the resources available to collect follow-up data needed for program evaluations; (3) homelessness prevention assist...
Impact of FHA Loan Policy Changes
T-RCED-90-17: Published: Nov 16, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1989.
GAO discussed the impact of proposed policy changes on the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund, focusing on the effects of: (1) increasing FHA mortgage ceiling limits; (2) reducing down payment requirements; and (3) increasing adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) availability. GAO noted in its econometric projections that, given favorable economic conditions: (1)...
Laboratory Accreditation: Requirements Vary Throughout the Federal Government
RCED-89-102: Published: Mar 28, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined federal government programs' laboratory accreditation requirements to determine whether any had overlapping requirements which could be streamlined.GAO found that: (1) a National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) study identified 13 federal agencies with 33 laboratory accreditation programs; (2) accreditation typically involved evaluati...
Limited Federal Response To Reduce Radon Contamination in Housing
T-RCED-88-43: Published: May 18, 1988. Publicly Released: May 18, 1988.
GAO discussed federal agencies' efforts to deal with radon contamination in housing. GAO noted that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) radon activities include a legislatively mandated national radon assessment, which an EPA advisory committee's concerns has delayed; (2) EPA provides assistance to states in identifying high-risk areas; (3) the Department of Housing and Urban Developm...