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Housing Finance: Characteristics of Borrowers of FHA-Insured Mortgages
RCED-94-135BR: Published: Apr 6, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on changes in the: (1) income, age, and race of borrowers of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured mortgages; and (2) location of their homes.GAO found that: (1) 24 percent of FHA-insured mortgages originated in 1991 went to low-income families, and 41 percent of FHA-insured loans originated in 1991 went to moderate-income fami...
Homelessness: Information on and Barriers to Assistance Programs Providing Foreclosed Property
RCED-93-182: Published: Sep 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal programs that make federally-held real estate properties available to nonprofit homelessness assistance organizations, focusing on: (1) the number of properties federal agencies have provided and the geographic distribution of the properties; (2) the agencies' program publicity and promotion; and (3) nonprofit homelessness assistance organi...
Ginnie Mae: Greater Staffing Flexibility Needed to Improve Management
T-RCED-94-67: Published: Oct 29, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1993.
GAO discussed the Government National Mortgage Association's (GNMA) staffing levels, focusing on GNMA: (1) management problems; (2) oversight of issuers; and (3) response to those management problems. GAO noted that: (1) GNMA has evolved from subsidizing interest rates for low- and moderate-income borrowers to attracting capital for government-insured and guaranteed homeowners loans; (2) GNMA guar...
Government National Mortgage Association: Greater Staffing Flexibility Needed to Improve Management
RCED-93-100: Published: Jun 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Government National Mortgage Association's (GNMA) activities, focusing on: (1) its mission objectives; and (2) recent management and issuer oversight problems and solutions.GAO found that: (1) although the GNMA mission of financing low- and moderate-income housing has essentially remained the same, GNMA activities have significan...
Lead-Based Paint Poisoning: Children Not Fully Protected When Federal Agencies Sell Homes to Public
RCED-93-38: Published: Apr 5, 1993. Publicly Released: May 7, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) have complied with the Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act.GAO found that: (1) HUD regulations for federally-owned properties are limited in identifying and eliminating lead-based paint poisoning hazards; (2) HUD...
Drinking Water: Key Quality Assurance Program Is Flawed and Underfunded
RCED-93-97: Published: Apr 9, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed state routine inspections of public water systems to determine: (1) whether sanitary surveys are comprehensive enough to determine if public water systems can provide good-quality drinking water; and (2) what the surveys revealed about the operations and condition of water systems nationwide.GAO found that: (1) many states did not adequately conduc...
Goddard Space Flight Center: Decision to Contract for Plant Operations and Maintenance
NSIAD-93-92: Published: Jan 12, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Goddard Space Flight Center's decision to contract out the operations and maintenance of its plant facilities.GAO found that: (1) converting all positions to contract would be less costly than reverting to all civil service staffing or continuing the current mixed civil service and contractor staffing; (2) Goddard officials expect the costs of...
Disaster Management: Recent Disasters Demonstrate the Need to Improve the Nation's Response Strategy
T-RCED-93-4: Published: Jan 27, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1993.
GAO discussed the federal government's strategy for responding to catastrophic disasters. GAO noted that: (1) the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) response to Hurricane Andrew showed that the Federal Response Plan is not adequate for dealing with disasters; (2) state, local, and volunteer agencies did not provide the necessary amount of life-sustaining services after Hurricane Andrew;...
Groundwater Protection: Validity and Feasibility of EPA's Differential Protection Strategy
PEMD-93-6: Published: Dec 9, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the feasibility of protecting groundwater from pesticide contamination based on the relative vulnerability of different geographic areas.GAO found that: (1) there were significant gaps in the data needed to conduct valid vulnerability assessments; (2) half of the states did not have data on the vadose and confining zones; (3) existing information...
National Aero-Space Plane: Restructuring Future Research and Development Efforts
NSIAD-93-71: Published: Dec 3, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aero-Space Plane (NASP) program's costs, schedule, status, feasibility, and justification, focusing on NASP: (1) technology development status; (2) project cost and schedule changes; (3) requirements for and the potential mission applications of future operational NASP-derived vehicles and efforts to spin off technology; and (4) issues...