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Community Development: Local Growth Issues--Federal Opportunities and Challenges
RCED-00-178: Published: Sep 6, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on state and local governments' efforts to manage community development, focusing on: (1) growth-related challenges facing local communities; (2) tools and techniques that state and local governments are using to help plan for and manage growth in their communities; and (3) federal programs and policies that state and local governments...
Community Development: Extent of Federal Influence on 'Urban Sprawl' Is Unclear
RCED-99-87: Published: Apr 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the contribution of federal programs and policies to urban sprawl, focusing on: (1) the origins and implications of urban sprawl; (2) evidence that exists on the influence of federal programs and policies on urban sprawl; and (3) regulatory review and coordination mechanisms evaluating and mitigating the effects of federal actions on urban sprawl.G...
Community Development: Progress on Economic Development Activities Varies Among the Empowerment Zones
RCED-99-29: Published: Nov 25, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community program, focusing on the: (1) progress made by the federal empowerment zones in implementing the program; (2) steps taken by the two responsible federal agencies--the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA)--to monitor and evaluate the existing zones' p...
Community Development: The Federal Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community Program
T-RCED-98-27: Published: Oct 28, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) program, focusing on: (1) the status of the program's implementation in the six urban empowerment zones, which are located along the east coast and in the mid-west regions of the United States; (2) the factors that program participants believe have either helped or hindered efforts to carry out...
Rural Development: Availability of Capital for Agriculture, Business, and Infrastructure
RCED-97-109: Published: May 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the availability of capital in rural America for agriculture, business, and community infrastructure, focusing on: (1) whether rural borrowers have difficulty in obtaining access to capital; (2) whether rural borrowers have adequate knowledge of the availability of financial assistance; and (3) what potential alternatives may be used to improve the...
Community Development: Reuse of Urban Industrial Sites
RCED-95-172: Published: Jun 30, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on brownfields, focusing on: (1) the extent and nature of abandoned industrial sites in distressed urban communities and the barriers brownfields present to redevelopment efforts; and (2) federal initiatives aimed at helping communities overcome obstacles to reusing brownfield sites.GAO found that: (1) while no national inventory of bro...
Rural Rental Housing: Excessive Profits and Program Abuses in Multifamily Housing
T-RCED-92-63: Published: May 13, 1992. Publicly Released: May 13, 1992.
GAO discussed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) Rural Rental Housing Program, focusing on whether: (1) developers are receiving more federal financial assistance than needed to encourage construction of multifamily housing projects; and (2) fraud and abuse exists within FmHA multifamily housing programs. GAO noted that: (1) developers receive more federal financial assistance than needed to...
Establishing New Federal Food-Buying Procedures Would Help Eliminate Unnecessary Special Examinations
RCED-84-150: Published: Sep 24, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1984.
GAO reviewed federal practices for accepting food purchases to determine if federal costs could be decreased by reducing the number of special examinations necessary to ensure the quality of accepted products.GAO found that the direct cost of certification services was $18 million in fiscal year 1982. Although the Department of Agriculture has instructed other federal agencies to waive certificati...
Ways of Providing a Fairer Share of Federal Housing Support to Rural Areas
CED-80-1: Published: Mar 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1980.
GAO evaluated the accomplishments and shortcomings of Federal housing programs in rural America, particularly in the past 10 years. Areas of special concern included the geographic distribution of housing assistance, gaps in program benefits, and ways to improve the programs' effectiveness in providing opportunities for rural families to obtain decent homes. Eighteen counties in six States were se...
Substandard Indian Housing Increases Despite Federal Efforts: A Change Is Needed
CED-78-63: Published: Mar 31, 1978. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1978.
Federal programs for Indian housing are administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA). In 1971, GAO reported to the Congress that progress in eliminating substandard Indian housing was slow and that, unless the housing program was accelerated, thousands of Indian families would continue to live...