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Housing Finance: Options to Help Prevent Suspensions of FHA and RHS Loan Guarantee Programs
GAO-05-227: Published: Mar 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2005.
In fiscal year 2004, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service (RHS) guaranteed approximately $136 billion in mortgages for single-family homes, multifamily rental housing, and healthcare facilities under a variety of programs. In past years, both agencies have occasionally had to suspend the iss...
Information Resource Management Internal Control Issues
GAO-05-288R: Published: Mar 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2005.
In a recently completed report for Congress, we evaluated how the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) makes eligibility determinations for its rural housing programs. As part of that review, we used 2000 census data to determine the populations of the rural areas that received RHS housing program loans and grants. We obtained information on the RHS loans and grants...
Rural Housing Service: Overview of Program Issues
GAO-05-382T: Published: Mar 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2005.
The rural America of 2005 is far different from the rural America of the 1930s, when the federal government first began to provide housing assistance to rural residents. Advances in transportation, computer technology, and telecommunications, along with the spread of suburbia, have linked many rural areas to urban areas. These changes, along with new fiscal and budget realities, raise questions ab...
Rural Housing: Changing the Definition of Rural Could Improve Eligibility Determinations
GAO-05-110: Published: Dec 3, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 2005.
Rural America has become more diverse: technology and the spread of suburbia have linked rural areas to urban areas, resulting in diminished distinctions between the two. The Rural Housing Service (RHS) applies statutory requirements for eligibility that may not reflect changes in rural areas or best determine which areas qualify for its housing programs. GAO's objectives included assessments of h...
Food Safety: USDA and FDA Need to Better Ensure Prompt and Complete Recalls of Potentially Unsafe Food
GAO-05-51: Published: Oct 7, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2004.
Two large food recalls completed in 2003 were associated with 8 deaths and nearly 100 serious illnesses in at least 16 states. Manufacturers voluntarily recall potentially unsafe food by notifying their customers to return or destroy it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), for meat, poultry, and egg products, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for other food, have programs to monit...
Rural Housing Service: Updated Guidance and Additional Monitoring Needed for Rental Assistance Distribution Process
GAO-04-937: Published: Sep 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2004.
The Rural Housing Service's (RHS) Section 521 rental assistance program provides rental subsidies for about 250,000 rural tenants. Because the program has a waiting list of 80,000 eligible tenants and there are over 1.3 million rural low-income renters eligible for housing subsidies, it is important to effectively distribute resources to extend assistance to as many needy tenants as possible. Ther...
Maritime Security Fleet: Many Factors Determine Impact of Potential Limits on Food Aid Shipments
GAO-04-1065: Published: Sep 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2004.
Food aid cargo must generally be carried on U.S.-flag ships under requirements set by the cargo preference program. Two groups of carriers compete for this cargo: (1) those that participate in the Maritime Security Program and receive an annual government subsidy--generally liners operating on scheduled routes and (2) those that do not--generally carriers operating on a charter basis. Congress dir...
Survey of State and Local Offices Administering Section 521 Rental Assistance, an E-supplement to GAO-04-937
GAO-04-978SP: Published: Sep 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2004.
This is a companion report for GAO-04-937. This document presents the results of GAO's survey of the Rural Housing Service's (RHS) state and local offices administering the Section 521 Rental Assistance Program. The purpose of the survey was to determine (1) how RHS distributes rental assistance through state and local offices, (2) how RHS monitors the rental assistance distribution process, and (...
Rural Utilities Service: Opportunities to Better Target Assistance to Rural Areas and Avoid Unnecessary Financial Risk
GAO-04-647: Published: Jun 18, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 2004.
The Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) makes loans and provides loan guarantees to improve electric service to rural areas. Beyond guaranteeing loans, under a yet-to-be-implemented provision of the 2002 Farm Bill, RUS is also to guarantee the bonds and notes that lenders use to raise funds for making loans for electric and telecommunications services. Fees on these latter guara...
Rural Housing Service: Agency Has Overestimated Its Rental Assistance Budget Needs over the Life of the Program
GAO-04-752: Published: May 20, 2004. Publicly Released: May 20, 2004.
The Rural Housing Service's (RHS) Section 521 Rental Assistance Program provides rental subsidies to about 250,000 rural tenants through 5-year contracts with project owners; 20-year contracts were also issued from 1978 through 1982. In early 2003, RHS reported hundreds of millions of dollars in unexpended balances, primarily tied to 5- and 20-year contracts issued from 1978 through 1982. Since co...