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Rural Water Infrastructure: Additional Coordination Can Help Avoid Potentially Duplicative Application Requirements
GAO-13-111: Published: Oct 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2012.
Funding for rural water and wastewater infrastructure is fragmented across the three federal programs GAO reviewed, leading to program overlap and possible duplication of effort when communities apply for funding from these programs. The three federal water and wastewater infrastructure programs--the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF)...
Housing Assistance: Opportunities Exist to Increase Collaboration and Consider Consolidation
GAO-12-554: Published: Aug 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2012.
Housing assistance is fragmented across 160 programs and activities. Overlap exists for some products offered, service delivery, and geographic areas served by selected programsparticularly in the Department of Agricultures (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) and Department of Housing and Urban Developments (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA). For instance, RHS, FHA, and the Department...
Recovery Act: Broadband Programs Are Ongoing, and Agencies' Efforts Would Benefit from Improved Data Quality
GAO-12-937: Published: Sep 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2012.
The progress of the broadband projects is difficult to measure because of data limitations. As projects progress, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) disburse awarded funds to projects on, for example, a reimbursement basis. As of July 2012, NTIA has disbursed approximately $1.9 billion of the $3.8 billion it awarded for proje...
Entrepreneurial Assistance: Opportunities Exist to Improve Programs' Collaboration, Data-Tracking, and Performance Management
GAO-12-819: Published: Aug 23, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2012.
Federal efforts to support entrepreneurs are fragmented--including among 52 programs at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Commerce, and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). All overlap with at least one other program in terms of the type of assistance they are authorized to offer, such as financial (grants and loans) and technical (training and couns...
Rural Housing Service: Efforts to Identify and Reduce Improper Rental Assistance Payments Could Be Enhanced
GAO-12-624: Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2012.
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) has identified improper rental assistance payments caused by certain sources of errors, but its reported error rate (total amount improperly paid divided by program outlays) may understate the magnitude of the problem. RHS has identified improper payments resulting from inaccurate calculations of tenant subsidies and incomplete supporting documents. From fiscal year...
Economic Development: Efficiency and Effectiveness of Fragmented Programs Are Unclear
GAO-12-553T: Published: Mar 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2012.
In summary, based on our work to date, we have found thatPrograms that support entrepreneurs overlap based not only on their shared purpose of serving entrepreneurs but also on the type of assistance they offer. Much of the overlap and fragmentation among these 53 programs is concentrated among programs that support economically distressed and disadvantaged areas and programs that assist disadvant...
USDA Systems Modernization: Management and Oversight Improvements Are Needed
GAO-11-586: Published: Jul 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2011.
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is responsible for administering billions of dollars annually in program benefits to farmers and ranchers. Since 2004, FSA has been planning to modernize its information technology (IT) systems that process these benefits with the Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems (MIDAS) program. GAO was asked...
Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter
GAO-11-228: Published: Jun 22, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2011.
Since fiscal year 2006, Congress has annually prohibited the use of federal funds to inspect horses destined for food, effectively prohibiting domestic slaughter. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for overseeing the welfare of horses transported for slaughter. Congress directed GAO to examine horse welfare since cessation of domestic slaughter in 2007. GAO examined (1) the e...
Rural Housing Service: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Farm Labor Housing Program Management and Oversight
GAO-11-329: Published: Mar 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2011.
Congress created the Farm Labor Housing (FLH) Loan and Grant Program in the early 1960s to support the development of affordable housing for farm workers. In 2010, Congress appropriated $19.7 million for this program, which is administered by the Rural Housing Service (RHS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). GAO was asked to examine (1) demand for the FLH program; (2) RHS's processes fo...
Federal Food Safety Oversight: Food Safety Working Group Is a Positive First Step but Governmentwide Planning Is Needed to Address Fragmentation
GAO-11-289: Published: Mar 18, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2011.
For more than a decade, GAO has reported on the fragmented nature of federal food safety oversight and how it results in inconsistent oversight, ineffective coordination, and inefficient use of resources. In 2007, GAO added this issue to its high-risk list. In March 2009, the President established the Food Safety Working Group (FSWG) to coordinate federal efforts and establish food safety goals to...