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Wetlands Overview: Problems With Acreage Data Persist
RCED-98-150: Published: Jul 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) developed an inventory of the federal agencies involved in wetlands-related activities and the funding and staffing associated with their activities during fiscal years (FY) 1990 through 1997; and (2) determined if the data on wetlands acreage reported by these agencies are consistent and reliable.GAO noted that: (1) at least 36 agencies conducted wetl...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Stronger Federal Enforcements Needed To Uphold Fair Housing Laws
CED-78-21: Published: Feb 2, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 1978.
Fair housing activities of federal agencies are largely covered by two civil rights acts. A review of the compliance and enforcement activities of federal housing agencies showed that their efforts have not been effective in identifying and eliminating discriminatory practices and seeking timely and appropriate settlements of complaints.Applicants seeking housing under the Department of Housing an...
Collection of Credit Report Fees by the Farmers Home Administration
CED-77-134: Published: Oct 7, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1977.
The Farmers Home Administration's rural housing loan program was reviewed to determine whether it was economical and efficient. The agency has joined other governmental agencies in obtaining credit reports from credit-reporting companies which are under contract with The Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Farmers Home Administration's regulations list the credit bureaus to be used, t...
Use of Farmers Home Administration Financed Rural Rental Housing for Commercial Office Space
B-171630: Published: Mar 11, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1977.
A review was conducted to determine the legality and propriety of a decision by Farmers Home Administration, Department of Agriculture, to permit the Waltra Corporation to convert two buildings into office space and into apartment units for senior citizens and families of low and moderate incomes.The loan agreements between Farmers Home Administration and Waltra Corporation did not permit Waltra t...