Rural economic development (21 - 30 of 38 items)
Delta Teachers Academy
RCED-94-213R: Published: May 19, 1994. Publicly Released: May 19, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Faculty's Delta Teachers Academy program. GAO noted that: (1) it is too early to assess the National Faculty's efforts in establishing the Academy; (2) the Academy encourages participating scholars to become resources for other teachers in their districts; (3) in the Academy's first year of operation, 100 teachers from 40 school distri...
Rural Development: Feasibility of Requiring Larger Water Pipes in FmHA Water Projects
RCED-90-40: Published: Oct 24, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether mandatory use of 6-inch or larger size pipes in all Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) water distribution projects would be feasible and lead to lower fire insurance rates for rural Mississippi homeowners.GAO found that mandatory use of 6-inch or larger pipes on all FmHA water distribution projects would not be feasible, would be very expen...
Farmers Home Administration: Implementation Issues Concerning Four Sections of the Food Security Act
RCED-89-71: Published: Jun 19, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) lack of progress in applying the homestead protection, lease/buy-back, conservation easement, and softwood timber provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985.GAO found that: (1) because of inadequate FmHA records, it could not fully determine why some of the provisions were not more widely used and could not...
Farmers Home Administration: Sounder Loans Would Require Revised Loan-Making Criteria
RCED-89-9: Published: Feb 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) loan policies and practices to determine: (1) whether FmHA used adequate criteria to make and service loans; (2) how FmHA loan policies affected borrower equity; (3) whether security for FmHA loans was adequate; and (4) the potential impact of FmHA-proposed loan criteria on existing borrowers.GAO found th...
Department of Agriculture and Producer Costs To Operate the Tobacco Program
RCED-85-30: Published: Feb 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) whether the tobacco program operated at no net cost to the government; (2) whether assessments against tobacco producers were sufficient to meet possible losses in stored tobacco purchased with Department of Agriculture (USDA) loans; (3) the extent to which active tobacco farmers have purchased allotments or quotas and whether l...
Revitalizing Distressed Areas Through Enterprise Zones: Many Uncertainties Exist
CED-82-78: Published: Jul 15, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1982.
To assist Congress in its deliberations on enterprise zone proposals, GAO reviewed the concept, as well as previous GAO reports on economic development and job creation programs, to identify issues concerning business development, job creation, and the costs of such a program.Enterprise zones have been proposed by the administration as an experimental program to attract businesses and jobs to dist...
Member Participation in Rural Electric Cooperatives
116664: Oct 20, 1981
With Rural Electrification Administration (REA) assistance, rural electric cooperatives were formed to build and maintain electric distribution systems to serve their rural members. For the most part, the cooperatives purchased electric power from Federal power projects or electric companies and distributed it to consumers. As the distribution network expanded nationwide, the distribution cooperat...
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...
Alaska Commercial Company's Activities Regarding Competition After Acquisition by Community Services Administration Grantee
HRD-81-97: Published: May 14, 1981. Publicly Released: May 22, 1981.
GAO was requested to develop information regarding allegations that an Alaskan business venture, CEDC Sales Inc., doing business under the name Alaska Commercial Company (ACC), had obtained a significant competitive edge and unfairly challenged privately financed grocery businesses by receiving Federal funding provided through a Community Services Administration (CSA) grantee. The grantee, Communi...
Long-Term Economic Planning Needed in Oil- and Gas-Producing States
PAD-81-09: Published: Dec 10, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 1980.
The fiscal and economic condition of the Southwestern States (Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana) has long been inextricably linked to oil and gas activities. However, the region's oil and gas reserves and production have been declining since the early 1970's, and prospects for this trend to reverse are not good. Yet continued heavy reliance on decreasing resources has caused little concern for divers...