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Natural Disasters: Public Policy Options for Changing the Federal Role in Natural Catastrophe Insurance
GAO-08-7: Published: Nov 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 26, 2007.
In recent years, much attention has been focused on the roles that the private sector and federal government play in providing insurance and financial aid before and after catastrophic events. In this context, GAO examined (1) the rationale for and resources of federal and state programs that provide natural catastrophe insurance; (2) the extent to which Americans living in catastrophe-prone areas...
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Federal Actions Could Enhance Preparedness of Certain State-Administered Federal Support Programs
GAO-07-219: Published: Feb 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2007.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita displaced over 1 million people and affected some of the poorest areas of the country. Many of those affected by the hurricanes received federal assistance from the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (Social Security), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Stamp, Unemployment Insurance (UI), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs before...
Community Development: The Federal Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community Program
T-RCED-98-27: Published: Oct 28, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) program, focusing on: (1) the status of the program's implementation in the six urban empowerment zones, which are located along the east coast and in the mid-west regions of the United States; (2) the factors that program participants believe have either helped or hindered efforts to carry out...
EPA's Penalties May Not Recover Economic Benefits Gained by Violators
T-RCED-91-69: Published: Jun 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1991.
GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) penalty policies and practices. GAO found that: (1) despite an EPA commitment to inflict penalties on violators and recent increases in total penalties, penalty amounts showed little relationship to the economic benefit of the violations; (2) the lack of documentation in 65 percent of the cases reviewed made it difficult to determine the ac...
Disaster Assistance: Federal, State, and Local Responses to Natural Disasters Need Improvement
RCED-91-43: Published: Mar 6, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) performance in responding to Hurricane Hugo and the Loma Prieta earthquake in September and October 1989, focusing on state and local governments' and voluntary relief agencies' activities for California, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.GAO found that: (1) pre...
Bridge Improvements: States Exercise Discretion in Selecting Projects Using Federal-Aid Funds
RCED-89-8: Published: Oct 26, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on six state highway agencies' selections of bridges for replacement and rehabilitation, specifically the: (1) legislative requirements for bridge project selection and the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA) role in the process; (2) factors that states considered in making bridge project decisions; and (3) levels and sources of...
Outer Continental Shelf Lease Sale 82--Sale Preparation and Subsequent Cancellation
RCED-86-30: Published: Oct 15, 1985. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the recent Outer Continental Shelf lease sale number 82 which was cancelled when no industry bids were received and discussed why: (1) the companies that expressed interest in the offshore sale areas did not bid on the tracts offered; and (2) the Department of the Interior offered to lease certain tracts that Massachusetts believed were environment...
State Rather Than Federal Policies Provided the Framework for Managing Block Grants
HRD-85-36: Published: Mar 15, 1985. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1985.
GAO reviewed the implementation of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act which substantially changed various federal domestic assistance programs by consolidating numerous categorical programs into nine block grants and shifting the primary management responsibility to the states.GAO found that these block grants provided states with greater discretion to plan and manage federal funds according to...
Community Services Block Grant: New State Role Brings Program and Administrative Changes
HRD-84-76: Published: Sep 28, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the progress which 13 states are making in implementing the community services block grant as authorized by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981.GAO found that, despite the fact that the 1982 and 1983 Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) appropriations were approximately 30-percent below the 1981 level, the 13 states generally chose not...
Early Decisions and Delays on the Zilwaukee, Michigan, Bridge Project
RCED-83-165: Published: Aug 17, 1983. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Zilwaukee Bridge project, a 90-percent federally funded bridge replacement project on Interstate 75 near Saginaw, Michigan.The Zilwaukee project has experienced controversy, delays, revisions, and a near collapse of the northbound structure in August 1982. Construction has stopped until the damaged section can be repaired. GAO found that, ba...