Construction (1 - 10 of 21 items)
Manufactured Housing: Efforts Needed to Enhance Program Effectiveness and Ensure Funding Stability
GAO-14-410: Published: Jul 2, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2014.
HUD has established a process for updating the preemptive building standardsfor manufactured homes known as the HUD Code but has not fully met key purposes of the 2000 Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (2000 Act). Key purposes of the Act include:Establish a balanced, consensus-based process to update manufactured housing construction and safety standards. HUD has not accepted, rejected, or modi...
Small Business Administration: Actions Needed to Ensure Planned Improvements Address Key Requirements of the Development Company (504) Loan Program
GAO-14-233: Published: Mar 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2014.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has established lending standards to protect against default and has measured program performance, but lacks guidance on determining the number of jobs supported by 504 program-funded projects. SBA's guidance for certified development companies (CDC)—nonprofits that provide funding to small businesses to promote local economic development in their communit...
Information on Defective Drywall
GAO-13-735R: Published: Jul 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2013.
GAO found that numerous claims for damage have been addressed through legal settlements partly paid by commercial insurance reimbursements. Three of the four insurers with whom GAO spoke contributed to legal settlements by paying for CGL claims stemming from lawsuits against their policyholders, and one of these insurers also made payments for CGL claims separate from legal settlements. The legal...
Spectrum Management: FCC's Licensing Approach in the 11, 18, and 23 Gigahertz Bands Currently Supports Spectrum Availability and Efficiency
GAO-13-78R: Published: Nov 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2012.
FCC has generally ensured the availability of licenses and encouraged the efficient use of spectrum through its various regulations. Specifically, stakeholders noted that the Commission's rules on frequency coordination, buildout requirements, and operating requirements each ensure availability of licenses and encourage efficient use of spectrum. First, FCC's requirement to coordinate new links wi...
Public Transportation: Use of Contractors is Generally Enhancing Transit Project Oversight, and FTA is Taking Actions to Address Some Stakeholder Concerns
GAO-10-909: Published: Sep 14, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2010.
Many states, cities, and localities are building or planning mass transit projects to meet the nation's transportation needs. The New Starts program--administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA)--is an important source of new capital investment in mass transportation, providing grants to project sponsors (e.g., state and local government author...
SBA: Small Business Size Standards--General Building Contractors, Heavy Construction, Special Trade Contractors, Garbage and Refuse Collection, Without Disposal, and Refuse Systems
OGC-00-48: Published: Jul 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) new rule on small business size standards for contractors. GAO noted that: (1) the final rule would establish new small business size standards for general building and heavy construction contractors, with certain exceptions; (2) the increases in the size standards are designed to adjust for inflation sin...
FCC: Implementation of Competitive Bidding for Commercial Broadcast and Instructional Television Fixed Service Licenses
OGC-98-76: Published: Sep 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on the implementation of competitive bidding for commercial broadcast and instructional television fixed service licenses. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would adopt procedures for auctioning pending and future mutually exclusive applications for construction permits in the various commercial b...
Small Business: Responses to Survey on Construction Firms' Access to Surety Bonds
RCED-95-173S: Published: Jun 26, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1995.
GAO provided a supplement to its report on small construction firms' access to surety bonds between 1990 and 1993.GAO noted that: (1) the random sample included 12,000 construction companies; (2) the firms that did not answer the survey were generally smaller, worked in special trade areas, and were less likely to have financial records on file with Dun & Bradstreet; (3) survey results could not b...
DOD Contracting: Extent and Impact of Contract Bundling Is Unknown
NSIAD-94-137: Published: Apr 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the: (1) extent and impact of contract bundling within the Department of Defense (DOD); and (2) adequacy of the government's policies and procedures concerning bundling.GAO found that: (1) sufficient data are not available to determine the extent and impact of DOD contract bundling; (2) DOD officials believe that bundling could have a negative ef...
Small Business Administration: Inadequate Oversight of Capital Management Services, Inc.--an SSBIC
OSI-94-23: Published: Mar 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the operations of a Small Business Administration (SBA) licensee, focusing on: (1) SBA regulation and oversight of the licensee's operations; (2) the licensee's compliance with SBA regulations in determining the eligibility of the firms it financed and whether its operations were business-like; and (3) the financing provided to an individual and tw...