Community development (21 - 30 of 198 items)
Community Development Block Grant Formula: Targeting Assistance to High-Need Communities Could Be Enhanced
GAO-05-622T: Published: Apr 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2005.
Congress asked GAO to comment on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) 2005 report on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), "CDBG Formula Targeting to Community Development Need." The CDBG program distributes funding to communities using two separate formulas that take into account poverty, older housing, community size, and other factors. That study evaluates the program...
Community Development: Federal Revitalization Programs Are Being Implemented, but Data on the Use of Tax Benefits Are Limited
GAO-04-306: Published: Mar 5, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2004.
Congress established the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) program in 1993 and the Renewal Community (RC) program in 2000 to provide assistance to the nation's distressed communities. To date, Congress has authorized three rounds of EZs, two rounds of ECs, and one round of RCs. The Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000 mandated that GAO audit and report in 2004, 2007, and 2010 o...
Community and Economic Development Loans: Securitization Faces Significant Barriers
GAO-04-21: Published: Oct 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2003.
Community economic development (CED) lenders serve the credit needs of nonconventional borrowers and economically distressed areas across the nation. However, little is known about this industry, its ability to tap private sources of capital, and loan performance and volume in the industry. To provide information that would be helpful in considering the role that the federal government might play...
Community Investment: Information on Selected Facilities That Received Environmental Permits
GAO-02-479: Published: May 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2002.
Industrial facilities that operate under permits regulating some emissions and discharges have been the subject of complaints from community groups and environmental activists who charge that the facilities expose the surrounding communities to greater environmental risk than the general population. In response, the facilities point out that they contribute to the economic growth of the surroundin...
Community Investment: Los Angeles's Use of a Community Development Block Grant Exemption
GAO-02-726R: Published: Jun 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2002.
Under the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, entitlement communities--also called grantees--receive funds that they can spend to support specific community development activities, such as rehabilitating housing, improving public facilities, and providing public services. Most grantees are prohibited by statute from spending more th...
Convenience Gambling: Information on Economic and Social Effects in Selected Locations
GAO-01-108: Published: Oct 18, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2000.
This report summarizes GAO's findings on the economic and social effects of "convenience gambling." The National Gambling Impact Study Commission defines convenience gambling as the placement of slot machines or video poker terminals in restaurants, bars, drugstores, and other businesses to attract local residents rather than tourists. Although data from the communities GAO studied indicated that...
Essential Air Service: Changes in Subsidy Levels, Air Carrier Costs, and Passenger Traffic
RCED-00-34: Published: Apr 14, 2000. Publicly Released: May 10, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Essential Air Service (EAS) program, focusing on: (1) how DOT applied criteria to establish which communities would receive subsidized air service; (2) changes in the level of subsidies provided to EAS-eligible communities in fiscal year 1999 relative to that provided in 1995; (3) why the level of subsidies...
Impact of Gambling: Economic Effects More Measurable Than Social Effects
GGD-00-78: Published: Apr 27, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Gambling Impact Study Commission's (NGISC) case study on gambling, focusing on: (1) the economic effects of gambling, particularly on employment, bankruptcy, and tax revenues and community investment; (2) the social effects of gambling; (3) the prevalence of pathological gambling; and (4) whether communities offer incentives to attract...
HUD Reform Act: Information on the Department's Response to the Act's Requirements
RCED-00-91: Published: Mar 27, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the extent to which the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) complied with the HUD Reform Act of 1989 in fiscal years 1997 and 1998, focusing on HUD's actions in response to: (1) title I of the Reform Act, which is the title principally concerned with addressing the ethics, management and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issues r...
Women's Business Center Program: Incomplete Program Records and Financial Data
RCED-99-277R: Published: Sep 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1999.
GAO provided information on the limitations of the data it obtained during its review of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Women's Business Center Program, focusing on: (1) the problems with the records maintained by the Office of Women's Ownership and the Office of Procurement and Grants Management; and (2) whether the Office of Women's Ownership or the Office of Procurement and Grants Mana...