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Rural Housing: Impact of Refinancing and Selling FmHA Section 502 Homeownership Loans
RCED-87-54: Published: Mar 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1987.
GAO reported on the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) plan to sell rural homeownership loans, and compared the impact on revenues of selling or refinancing the loans.The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 requires the Secretary of Agriculture to sell loans to the public to reduce fiscal year 1987 federal outlays by over $1.7 billion. GAO noted that the Ho...
Welfare Simplification: Thirty-Two States' Views on Coordinating Services for Low-Income Families
HRD-87-6FS: Published: Oct 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on states' responses to selected questions on the unification of human services programs to: (1) allow access to and use of benefits by all clients; (2) improve effectiveness of service delivery; and (3) achieve efficient use of human services resources.GAO found that, of the 32 states that responded to the questionnaire: (1) 31 would l...
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...
Review of Position Paper on Presidential Reorganization Proposals
B-194028: Published: Feb 6, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1984.
The Comptroller General's opinion was sought regarding the proposed executive reorganization of the Departments of the Interior and Housing and Urban Development into Departments of Natural Resources and Development Assistance, respectively. The Comptroller General agrees with similar proposals made by the National Academy of Public Administration and the Office of Management's Reorganization Task...
Informing the Public About Food--A Strategy Is Needed for Improving Communication
CED-82-12: Published: Jan 8, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1982.
Consumers need concise, clear food information as more food products come on the market and inflation drives food prices up. Food information, regulations, and programs have multiplied rapidly in the past decade. Some believe that the information resulting from these efforts is conflicting, confusing, and duplicative. GAO made a review to expand on its earlier suggestion that a cooperative underta...
Energy-Efficient and Cost-Effective Equipment Should Be Installed in New Government Housing
EMD-81-93: Published: Sep 16, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1981.
GAO evaluated the efforts being made and the actions that could be taken to make Government housing more energy efficient.GAO believes that energy consumption could be substantially reduced in new housing if energy-efficient equipment were installed in Government owned, subsidized, and insured housing. Although Federal agencies have taken actions to conserve energy by reducing the heating and cool...
New-Home Buyers and Federal Agencies Benefit From Improved Warranty Protection
CED-81-40: Published: May 26, 1981. Publicly Released: May 26, 1981.
GAO reviewed the private and State warranty programs that were developed to protect home buyers from construction defects in new houses. The review was made to assess the growth of these warranty programs and the protection that they provided through federally assisted housing programs.Until recently, new-home buyer's protection from construction defects was limited to that described in the purcha...
Spending Authority Recordings in Certain Revolving Funds Impair Congressional Budget Control
PAD-80-29: Published: Jul 2, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 1980.
Program administrators use budget authority to borrow amounts from Treasury or non-Treasury sources to finance their revolving fund loan programs. In some cases, this authority represents authorized net borrowings (gross borrowings less repayments) rather than authorized gross borrowings. As a consequence of this procedure, a program's gross borrowings in a fiscal year can easily exceed its record...
Diplomatic and Official Passport Retrieval Systems
ID-80-17: Published: Feb 26, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1980.
A Senator requested an examination of executive branch procedures for retrieving passports issued to agency officials. The examination included: the kinds of passports issued by the U.S. Office of Passport Services; the criteria for issuing each type of passport; and the procedures and practices followed by each selected agency for securing, controlling, and retrieving passports required for its o...
The Well-Being of Older People in Cleveland, Ohio
HRD-77-70: Published: Apr 19, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1977.
The overall well-being of older people in Cleveland, Ohio, was assessed in terms of their social and economic status, mental and physical health, and ability to do daily tasks. Information was gathered on the services offered by 23 federal programs and other services and factors which could affect the well-being of the individuals in the sample.Only one of every five of the more than 1,600 people...