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Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community Program: Survey of Round I Federal Enterprise Communities
GAO-06-734SP: Published: Sep 22, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2006.
This document presents the results of GAO's survey of federal Enterprise Communities (EC) that were designated in the first round of the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community program in 1994. Round I ECs received $2.95 million in program grants and businesses in the ECs could use a program tax-exempt bond. The purpose of our survey was to collect data describing how Round I ECs implemented the...
Public Transportation: New Starts Program Is in a Period of Transition
GAO-06-819: Published: Aug 30, 2006. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2006.
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) authorized about $7.9 billion in commitment authority, through fiscal year 2009, for the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) New Starts program, which is used to select fixed guideway transit projects, such as rail and trolley projects, and to award full funding grant agreements (FFGAs). The Ne...
Rural Economic Development: More Assurance Is Needed That Grant Funding Information Is Accurately Reported
GAO-06-294: Published: Feb 24, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2006.
GAO was asked to update its 1989 report on the distribution of economic development funding using newer tools now available for measuring the distribution of federal funds to rural areas. GAO agreed to (1) identify federal economic development programs, (2) determine the best way to identify rural areas for this report, (3) determine the amount and share of economic development funding that rural...
Federal Economic Development Funding, an E-supplement to GAO-06-294
GAO-06-436SP: Published: Feb 24, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2006.
This e-publication supplements the report "Rural Economic Development: More Assurance Is Needed That Grant Funding Information Is Accurately Reported" (GAO-06-294) by providing detailed information on spending patterns by agency, state, county and program for the economic development programs we identified in our report. Spending for each program is shown in total covering fiscal years 2002, 2003,...
Status of Two Authorities Granted to the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration
GAO-06-308R: Published: Dec 21, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2005.
The Department of Commerce's (Commerce) Economic Development Administration (EDA) Reauthorization Act of 2004 directed us to regularly review the implementation of two authorities granted to the Secretary of Commerce: (1) allowing excess funds from projects constructed under projected cost to be reinvested in new or existing projects and (2) establishing a performance award process for grant recip...
Offshoring of Services: An Overview of the Issues
GAO-06-5: Published: Nov 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 2005.
Much attention has focused on the "offshoring" of services to lower-wage locations abroad. Offshoring generally refers to an organization's purchase of goods or services from abroad that were previously produced domestically. Extensive public debate has arisen about both the potential benefits of services offshoring, such as lower consumer prices and higher U.S. productivity, as well as the potent...
Economic Development Administration: Remediation Activities Account for a Small Percentage of Total Brownfield Grant Funding
GAO-06-7: Published: Oct 27, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2005.
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) Reauthorization Act of 2004 (P. L. 108-373) included a requirement that GAO evaluate grants made by EDA for the economic development of brownfield sites. More than 450,000 brownfield sites--properties where redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination--are scattered across the United States. This report dis...
Alaska Native Villages: Recent Federal Assistance Exceeded $3 Billion, with Most Provided to Regional Nonprofits
GAO-05-719: Published: Aug 2, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2005.
This report responds to section 112, Division B, of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004, which directs GAO to review federal programs benefiting rural communities in Alaska. After discussions with congressional staff, GAO agreed to examine federal programs benefiting Alaska Native villages. Specifically, this report (1) provides information on the amount of federal assistance provided to A...
Economic Performance: Highlights of a Workshop on Economic Performance Measures
GAO-05-796SP: Published: Jul 18, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2005.
Improving the economy and efficiency of federal programs has long been a key objective of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). To this end, GAO held a workshop on December 17, 2004, to discuss the use of economic analysis, such as benefit cost or cost effectiveness, for helping to measure the performance of federal programs. The workshop's purpose was to discuss the present state of economi...
Indian Economic Development: Relationship to EDA Grants and Self-determination Contracting Is Mixed
GAO-04-847: Published: Sep 8, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2004.
American Indians and Alaska Natives generally face worse economic conditions than the rest of the U.S. population. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) within the Department of Commerce provides grants to distressed communities, including to American Indian tribes and Alaska Native entities, to generate employment and stimulate economic growth. Because data on how these EDA grants helped...