Program evaluation (101 - 110 of 151 items)
Making Evaluations Relevant to Congressional Needs
116233: Aug 24, 1981
To improve the use of evaluation or research by legislators, efforts must be made to address two basic kinds of problems: (1) the inattention of researchers and evaluators to the public use of their work, generally, and to the information needs and priorities of legislators, in particular; and (2) communication problems between researchers and legislators because of their isolation from each other...
Head Start: An Effective Program but the Fund Distribution Formula Needs Revision and Management Controls Need Improvement
HRD-81-83: Published: Jul 23, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1981.
GAO reviewed the management and administration of the Head Start program because Congress has shown considerable interest in early childhood and family development. The objective of the review was to determine whether this program, which has progressed over the years from a demonstration project to an ongoing service program, is being effectively managed and administered by the Department of Healt...
More Can Be Done To Improve the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Donation Program
CED-81-83: Published: Jul 9, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1981.
In fiscal year 1980, state and local programs to feed students, the elderly, needy families, and others received over $900 million worth of food through the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commodity donation program. About 90 percent of the donated food was for the school lunch program administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Two other USDA agencies provide the commodities.USDA has...
Observations on Selected Aspects of School Lunch Program Administration
115342: May 22, 1981
A limited survey was conducted at three Pennsylvania school districts to obtain background information on selected aspects of school lunch program procedures for obtaining Federal reimbursement for lunches served.All 13 elementary schools in one of the districts used monthly milk consumption records to determine the number of free lunches served during the month. Using such records could affect th...
Unanswered Questions on Educating Handicapped Children in Local Public Schools
HRD-81-43: Published: Feb 5, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1981.
In passing the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, Congress set a goal that, by September 1, 1978, all of the Nation's handicapped children age 3 to 18 would have available a free appropriate public education which met their needs. This goal probably will not be achieved until at least the mid-1980's. A GAO review in 10 States disclosed major problems that need to be addressed.A la...
The National Institute of Education Should Further Increase Minority and Female Participation in Its Activities
HRD-81-3: Published: Nov 10, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1980.
The National Institute of Education (NIE) has undertaken a number of projects to increase the participation of minorities and women in its activities. These projects include the unsolicited proposal program, the small and disadvantaged business utilization program, the minorities' and women's program, and the black college initiatives program. These efforts are designed to increase awareness in NI...
Survey Report on the Veterans and Dependents Education Loan Program
113849: Nov 7, 1980
A limited survey of the administration of the Veterans and Dependents Education Loan Program in the Veterans Administration's Washington regional office (VAWRO) was performed. The survey included an examination of loan repayment records and activities, including notification procedures.The following problem areas were found: (1) according to the Veterans Administration time schedule for notificati...
Requirements for Recurring Reports to the Congress
PAD-80-49: Published: Nov 1, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1980.
In accordance with his responsibility to identify congressional information needs, the Comptroller General has compiled a directory describing the various requirements for recurring reports to Congress from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government. This current inventory of requirements was compiled from information furnished by preparing agencies in response to...
Congressional Oversight: Reality and Reform
113595: Oct 7, 1980
Congress has the responsibility to oversee the execution of the laws it passes. Oversight is difficult, demanding, and not politically rewarding. Ad hoc oversight tends to focus on a specific case. Oversight of this nature almost always has a negative tone and is investigatory in structure and content, tending to concentrate on finding out who is to blame and on castigating the guilty. Since the e...
Increasing Costs, Competition May Hinder U.S. Position of Leadership in High Energy Physics
EMD-80-58: Published: Sep 16, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1980.
The United States has led the world in high energy physics research; other countries are now challenging that lead. The Federal Government provides nearly all of the funding of the U.S. high energy physics efforts. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has oversight responsibility over all federally funded basic science and works with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in devel...