Federal aid to states (21 - 30 of 40 items)
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...
Medicaid: Strategies to Help States Address Increased Expenditures during Economic Downturns
GAO-07-97: Published: Oct 18, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2006.
During economic downturns, states may struggle to finance Medicaid, a federal-state health financing program for certain low-income individuals. States receive federal matching funds for their Medicaid programs according to a statutory formula based on each state's per capita income (PCI) in relation to national PCI. The number of individuals eligible for Medicaid can increase during downturns as...
Disaster Assistance: FEMA Can Improve Its Cost-Effectiveness Determinations for Mitigation Grants
T-RCED-99-274: Published: Aug 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the states, ensures the cost-effectiveness of projects funded under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.GAO noted that: (1) the states and FEMA work together, using different approaches, to help ensure that hazard mitigation grants are awarded for cost-effective projects; (2)...
Disaster Assistance: Opportunities to Improve Cost-Effectiveness Determinations for Mitigation Grants
RCED-99-236: Published: Aug 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the states, ensures the cost-effectiveness of projects funded under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, focusing on: (1) the approaches FEMA and the states use to ensure that program grants are targeted to cost-effective mitigation projects; and (2) whether the approaches en...
Disaster Assistance: Information on Federal Costs and Approaches for Reducing Them
T-RCED-98-139: Published: Mar 26, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed several approaches for lowering the costs of federal disaster assistance, focusing on: (1) the components and magnitude of federal disaster assistance costs; and (2) approaches that could potentially lower those costs in the future.GAO noted that: (1) federal disaster assistance costs billions of dollars annually; (2) according to data compiled fo...
Disaster Assistance: Information on Expenditures and Proposals to Improve Effectiveness and Reduce Future Costs
T-RCED-95-140: Published: Mar 16, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1995.
GAO discussed federal disaster assistance, focusing on: (1) ways to enhance the effectiveness of federal disaster programs; (2) proposals to modify disaster assistance policy to lower future federal costs; and (3) the accuracy of financial information in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund. GAO noted that: (1) greater flexibility by FEMA in providing grant funding...
Los Angeles Earthquake: Opinions of Officials on Federal Impediments to Rebuilding
RCED-94-193: Published: Jun 17, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1994.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed federal laws, unfunded mandates, and regulatory requirements that hinder state and local authorities from expeditiously rebuilding the areas in Southern California devastated by the January 17, 1994 earthquake.GAO found that: (1) state and local officials are encouraged by recent policy and regulatory changes made by the Federal Emergency Managem...
Federal Mandates: Unfunded Requirements Concern State and Local Officials
HEHS-94-110R: Published: Apr 5, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the perspectives of state and local government representatives on the impact of unfunded federal mandates. GAO noted that: (1) state and local officials are concerned with the cost of mandates, the lack of flexibility and impact of mandates on local budgets, and the absence of evidence to support the need for some mandates; (2) the c...
Bureau of Reclamation: Information on the Federal Financial Commitment and Repayment Status of the Central Arizona Project
T-RCED-94-92: Published: Dec 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 1993.
GAO discussed the Bureau of Reclamation's Central Arizona Project (CAP), focusing on the: (1) total cost for the construction of CAP; and (2) Central Arizona Water Conservation District's ability to repay allocated project costs. GAO noted that: (1) by the time CAP is completed in 1999, the CAP total construction cost is expected to total $4.7 billion and the federal share of these costs is estima...
Rural Disaster Assistance
RCED-93-170R: Published: Jun 14, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) whether there are differences in the way federal disaster assistance is provided to rural and urban areas; (2) whether the needs of a rural area with a low population density differ from those of an urban area; and (3) the role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in fighting forest fires. GAO noted that: (1) the disaster assistan...