state relations (21 - 30 of 33 items)
Early Observations on Block Grant Implementation
GGD-82-79: Published: Aug 24, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1982.
GAO examined the transition progress of 13 States to the new block grants administration as authorized by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981.The states' considerable involvement with the predecessor programs helped ease the transition to most block grants. During early implementation, a major concern was coping with budget reductions. The block grant legislation and regulations place gr...
Summary of Recent GAO Reports on Managing Intergovernmental Assistance Programs
GGD-82-91: Published: Jul 13, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided copies of several reports on the Federal intergovernmental assistance system.A major conclusion of GAO reports over the years has been that, since the Federal Government relies so heavily on State and local governments to implement national objectives on a partnership basis, the Federal level needs to design programs that are more sensitive to t...
Block Grant Implementation
118385: May 11, 1982
Legislation passed in 1981 assigned primary administrative responsibility for nine block grants to States. GAO studied the transition process and early implementation of these grants and found that the State transition to block grant administration is proceeding well, considering the short timeframe between passage of the legislation and its implementation, program funding reductions, and uncertai...
Economy, Efficiency, and Effectiveness of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
CED-82-47: Published: Mar 10, 1982. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO studied the role and function of metropolitan planning organizations (MPO's) in urban and regional transportation planning to determine whether they are economical, efficient, and effective.The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA) are conducting a comprehensive review which is focused on: (1) defin...
The Cooperative Extension Service
117652: Feb 17, 1982
The Cooperative Extension Service, consisting of federal, state, and local agricultural offices, was established primarily to provide farmers with information and to encourage them to improve their farming methods. The range of programs offered by the Extension Service and the audiences served have broadened considerably. The Extension Service's enabling legislation is general enough so that inter...
River Basin Commissions Have Been Helpful, but Changes Are Needed
CED-81-69: Published: May 28, 1981. Publicly Released: May 28, 1981.
River basin planning should match the needs of water users with the amount of water available irrespective of State boundaries or Federal agency responsibilities. A review was made to determine how successful river basin commissions have been in meeting their legislative objectives of planning and coordinating water resource development.The river basin commissions, as they are now operating, do no...
Rural Water Problems: An Overview
CED-80-120: Published: Aug 19, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1980.
An overview is presented of the difficulties faced by 28 rural communities in 10 States in obtaining drinking water. Many existing central water systems have deteriorated and need to be repaired or replaced. Other systems need to be expanded. In some areas, additional systems need to be developed. Water shortages have prevented the development or expansion of some central systems, but the most imp...
States Can Be Better Prepared To Respond to Disasters
CED-80-60: Published: Mar 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1980.
After a major disaster occurred in Massachusetts, GAO was asked to evaluate how well that State was prepared to respond to the disaster. It was also asked to review the preparedness in six other states with regard to the development of implementing procedures for use by state agencies in carrying out tasks assigned under the state emergency plans.Massachusetts agencies incurred problems in impleme...
Need for More Federal Leadership in Administering Nonurbanized Area Public Transit Activities
CED-78-134: Published: Jul 3, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1978.
In November 1974, Congress amended the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 to authorize $500 million for exclusive use for nonurbanized areas, less than 50,000 population, during fiscal year 1975 through 1980. The $500 million is available for planning, demonstration, and capital investments supporting small town and rural area transit services.State and local officials believe that few requests...
Planning and Management Activities of the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration
PSAD-78-123: Published: Jun 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 1978.
The National Fire Prevention and Control Administration was established in 1974 to provide assistance to state and local communities in the areas of data collection, training, public education, and research concerning fire prevention. About $44 million of the $46 million appropriated for the Fire Administration for fiscal years 1975 to 1978 was allocated to these four areas. The Fire Administratio...