Program evaluation (91 - 100 of 819 items)
Federal Transit Programs: Federal Transit Administration Has Opportunities to Improve Performance Accountability
GAO-11-54: Published: Nov 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2010.
Public demand and federal funding for transit have grown in recent years, yet most of this funding is not tied to performance. As Congress prepares for reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs, GAO was asked to report on (1) the extent to which federal transit programs use performance information in making decisions about funding distribution and in evaluating the programs' e...
Information Security: National Archives and Records Administration Needs to Implement Key Program Elements and Controls
GAO-11-20: Published: Oct 21, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2010.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is responsible for preserving access to government documents and other records of historical significance and overseeing records management throughout the federal government. NARA relies on the use of information systems to receive, process, store, and track government records. As such, NARA is tasked with preserving and maintaining access to...
Recovery Act: Opportunities Exist to Increase the Public's Understanding of Recipient Reporting on HUD Programs
GAO-10-966: Published: Sep 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) has provided about $6 billion in grants for three Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs that fund housing or community development. As of March 31, 2010, HUD's Capital Fund awarded nearly $3 billion in grants to 3,134 public housing agencies, the Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) awarded about...
Recovery Act: Department of Justice Could Better Assess Justice Assistance Grant Program Impact
GAO-11-87: Published: Oct 15, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2010.
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded nearly $2 billion in 4-year Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds to state and local governments for criminal justice activities. As requested, GAO examined: (1) how Recovery Act JAG funds are awarded and how recipients in s...
America COMPETES Act: It Is Too Early to Evaluate Programs Long-Term Effectiveness, but Agencies Could Improve Reporting of High-Risk, High-Reward Research Priorities
GAO-11-127R: Published: Oct 7, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2010.
Scientific and technological innovation and a workforce educated in advanced technology are critical to the long-term economic competitiveness and prosperity of the United States. In recent years, leaders in government, business, and education have reported their concerns that declining federal funding for basic scientific research could diminish the United States' future economic competitiveness...
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Performance Management Processes
GAO-10-946R: Published: Sep 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2010.
The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants patents that protect innovations ranging from new treatments for diseases to new wireless technology applications. Over the last several years, increases in both the volume and complexity of patent applications have lengthened the time between when an application is submitted and when a final decision is made--referred to...
Recovery Act: Opportunities to Improve Management and Strengthen Accountability over States' and Localities' Uses of Funds, an E-supplement to GAO-10-999 (Appendixes)
GAO-10-1000SP: Published: Sep 20, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2010.
This supplementary report to GAO-10-999 provides individual state appendixes for 16 states and the District of Columbia for GAO's work on the seventh of its bimonthly reviews of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act)...
Recovery Act: Opportunities to Improve Management and Strengthen Accountability over States' and Localities' Uses of Funds
GAO-10-999: Published: Sep 20, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2010.
This report responds to two ongoing GAO mandates under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). It is the latest in a series of reports on the uses of and accountability for Recovery Act funds in 16 selected states, certain localities in those jurisdictions, and the District of Columbia (District). These jurisdictions are estimated to receive about two-thirds of the inter...
Whistleblower Protection: Sustained Management Attention Needed to Address Long-standing Program Weaknesses
GAO-10-722: Published: Aug 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2010.
Workers who "blow the whistle" on prohibited or unlawful practices that they discover during their employment can play an important role in the enforcement of federal laws. However, these whistleblowers may also risk reprisals from their employers, sometimes being demoted, reassigned, or fired. Federal laws establish whistleblower protection processes, whereby workers who believe that they have fa...
Community Development Block Grants: Entitlement Communities' and States' Methods of Distributing Funds Reflect Program Flexibility
GAO-10-1011: Published: Sep 15, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2010.
The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (act) creating the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides entitlement communities (metropolitan cities and urban counties) and states with significant discretion in how they distribute funds for eligible activities. Because of this discretion, entitlement communities may use a variety of processes to select individual projects an...