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Continuation of the Resource Conservation and Development Program Raises Questions
CED-81-120: Published: Aug 11, 1981. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 1981.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) program and the administrative and legislative changes needed to improve the control and operation of the program.GAO was unable to develop a clear picture or measure of overall benefits under the program because program accomplishments are not clearly distinguishable at either the project or measure l...
Promising Changes Improve EPA's Extramural Research; More Changes Needed
CED-81-6: Published: Oct 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1980.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made a number of changes to the planning and management of its research activities. If properly implemented, they should improve the EPA research program. GAO discussed some problems which require further attention, and factors and weaknesses which, unless corrected, could continue to seriously hamper the EPA ability to meet its research needs.GAO foun...
The Surety Bond Guarantee Program: Significant Changes Are Needed in its Management
CED-80-34: Published: Dec 27, 1979. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 1980.
The Surety Bond Guarantee Program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) was established to guarantee up to 90 percent of a surety company's losses on bonds issued to small businesses which could not obtain bonding without the guarantee. From its inception in 1971, the program guaranteed more than 91,000 contracts totaling $6.3 billion. GAO evaluated the management of the program.SBA has not m...
Corrective Action, Reported by Department of Agriculture on a Factor Involving Federal Rice Deficiency Payments, Has Not Been Implemented
CED-80-48: Published: Jan 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1980.
On June 25, 1979, it was reported to Congress that the Economics, Statistics, and Cooperatives Service, which is the statistics agency of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), disagreed with a GAO proposal that it include in its computation of the national average market price of rice a factor to recognize the drying costs involved when farmers deliver green (high moisture) rice rather than dry ri...
'Weight Bumping'--Falsifying Household Moving Weights To Increase Charges--What ICC Needs To Do
CED-79-75: Published: May 1, 1979. Publicly Released: May 1, 1979.
About 1 million American households which move each year are not being protected adequately against the practice of "weight bumping" which artificially increases the cost of moving. Weight bumping is the falsifying of weights of household goods shipments to increase transportation charges.The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) and the moving industry agree that weight bumping is a problem; they...
Colocating Agriculture Field Offices--More Can Be Done
CED-79-74: Published: Apr 25, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1979.
Since 1962 the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has had a colocation program providing that its agencies' field offices in the same community be located together in the same building.Although progress has been made, there is substantial potential for additional colocation of USDA field offices. USDA could improve service delivery to program recipients and increase efficiencies from resource sharin...
Improvements Needed in Selecting and Processing Urban Development Action Grants
CED-79-64: Published: Mar 30, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1979.
An examination of the Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) Program focused on application review and approval procedures at Housing and Urban Development (HUD) headquarters for 18 selected grants from the April 6, July 11, and August 2, 1978, funding rounds. The 154 grants awarded on those dates were the first grants awarded under the UDAG program. The basis for grant approval, rejection, and hol...
EPA's Tampering and Fuel Switching Programs
CED-79-47: Published: Mar 1, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1979.
Efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were reviewed to determine the effectiveness of the program to decrease tampering with automobile emission control devices and fuel switching. The practice of using leaded gasoline in vehicles equipped with catalytic converters and designed for unleaded gasoline, if widespread, will substantially increase pollutant emissions.The problems associa...
White House Conference on Balanced Growth and Economic Development
PAD-78-53: Published: Jan 27, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1978.
No summary is currently available...
Changes Proposed for the Funding of Public Works Projects Would Expedite Economic Development and Job Opportunities
CED-77-86: Published: Jul 7, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 1977.
Fifteen hundred public works projects, or over 50% of those approved by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) since 1965, have been delayed in getting under construction, causing economic development and job opportunities to be postponed or lost.Between fiscal years 1966 and 1975, the EDA approved grants of $1.4 billion to construct 2,800 public works projects in areas of substantial and p...