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VA Construction Contract Award Delays
HEHS-95-240R: Published: Aug 25, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed whether the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had reported all projects funded through their annual appropriations act for which it had not awarded contracts by September 1994. GAO noted that: (1) VA identified 15 projects that did not have required construction documents or construction contracts awarded by September 1994, but inadvertently om...
Housing and Community Development Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1996-98
IAP-95-15: Published: Aug 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.
GAO presented its Housing and Community Development issue area plan for fiscal years 1996 through 1998.GAO plans to assess the: (1) restructuring of federal housing and community development agencies to improve service delivery, eliminate duplication, and produce cost savings; (2) improvement of federal oversight of housing and community development services to reduce fraud, waste, abuse, and mism...
Peer Review: Reforms Needed to Ensure Fairness in Federal Agency Grant Selection
PEMD-94-1: Published: Jun 24, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the fairness of peer review processes for awarding federal grants at three federal agencies, focusing on: (1) potential peer review weaknesses; (2) agency policies to address these potential weaknesses; and (3) reviewer selection, conduct, and grant award decisions.GAO found that: (1) peer review processes appear to be working well and are generall...
Superfund: Reauthorization and Prioritization Issues
T-RCED-94-274: Published: Jul 20, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1994.
GAO discussed the Superfund reauthorization bill and its report on the role of risk in setting priorities for the Superfund program. GAO noted that: (1) the reauthorization bill would improve Superfund site cleanup, increase public involvement in the Superfund process, and expedite settlements with responsible parties with relatively low liability; (2) Congress and the Environmental Protection Age...
Overhead Costs: Costs Charged by McDonnell Douglas Aerospace's Space Station Division
NSIAD-94-150: Published: Jun 23, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a federal contractor's overhead costs, focusing on: (1) whether there were any unallowable costs included in its cost submissions; and (2) the extent to which overhead costs questioned by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) were sustained during annual indirect expense rate negotiations.GAO found that: (1) $251,000 of the contractor's $3.6 mil...
Rental Housing: Use of Smaller Market Areas to Set Rent Subsidy Levels Has Drawbacks
RCED-94-112: Published: Jun 24, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) section 8 housing subsidies, focusing on the effects of basing rental subsidy payments on smaller market areas.GAO found that: (1) establishing fair market rents on the basis of smaller market areas would more closely reflect rents within those areas and increase housing choices for assisted house...
Homelessness: McKinney Act Programs Provide Assistance but Are Not Designed to Be the Solution
RCED-94-37: Published: May 31, 1994. Publicly Released: May 31, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act in selected cities, focusing on: (1) how the act has affected the cities' efforts to assist the homeless; and (2) the problems the cities have experienced with McKinney Act programs.GAO found that: (1) McKinney Act programs are an important source of funds for improving emergency service...
Distressed Public Housing
AIMD-94-78R: Published: May 10, 1994. Publicly Released: May 10, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing's financial transactions. GAO noted that: (1) the Commission disbursed about $2 million for contracts, travel, payroll, and miscellaneous transactions during its existence; (2) although the Commission did not always adhere to proper administrative procedures, its disbursements appeared...
Air Pollution: Regional Approaches Are Needed to Protect Visibility in National Parks and Wilderness Areas
T-RCED-94-102: Published: Apr 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1994.
GAO discussed federal and state efforts to address the visibility problems caused by air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas. GAO noted that: (1) efforts to control air pollution from individual sources near park and wilderness areas have had only a limited impact and are costly and difficult to implement; (2) some pollution sources are exempt from program requirements either because...
Flood Insurance: Financial Resources May Not Be Sufficient to Meet Future Expected Losses
RCED-94-80: Published: Mar 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the financial condition of the National Flood Insurance Program, focusing on the: (1) actuarial soundness of the program; (2) potential financial impacts of increasing subsidized flood insurance rates and enhancing program participation; and (3) procedures used to set flood insurance rates.GAO found that: (1) the flood insurance program is not actu...