Housing (71 - 80 of 115 items)
Family Housing: Mainz and Wiesbaden Requirements Overstated
NSIAD-87-69: Published: Mar 16, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1987.
GAO reviewed the Army's housing acquisition plans for the Mainz and Wiesbaden military communities in West Germany to determine whether the Army: (1) actually needed all of the family housing units it planned to construct; and (2) considered all available local economy housing in justifying new housing acquisitions.GAO found that the Army failed to: (1) consider the availability of housing in the...
Rental Housing: HUD's Methods of Determining Fair Market Rents
RCED-86-209: Published: Aug 22, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) method of determining fair market rents for its rental assistance program.GAO found that: (1) HUD establishes the base level of rent by using the census, the American Housing Survey, and the consumer price index; (2) because HUD recognizes that limitations exist in its data, its procedures...
Rural Housing: Opportunities To Reduce Costs and Better Target Assistance
RCED-86-33: Published: Feb 18, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 1986.
GAO discussed a variety of measures that the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) county offices could take to reduce housing costs and target more assistance to very low-income households and those occupying substandard housing.GAO found that: (1) FmHA county offices generally did not adopt cost reduction measures suggested in FmHA guidelines; (2) as of October 1, 1985, FmHA had not issued regula...
Improving the Process for Allocating Loan Management Set-Aside Funds to Multifamily Housing Projects
RCED-85-29: Published: Nov 16, 1984. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1984.
The Loan Management Set-Aside (LMSA) Program is administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help maintain the financial viability of multifamily housing projects with cash-flow problems. The program is available to both insured and held projects. GAO reviewed the process used by HUD to allocate LMSA funds in fiscal years (FY) 1983 and 1984 and the basis used by HUD for...
International Boundary and Water Commission Employees Residing in Federal Housing Should Not Receive Electricity at Reduced Rates
RCED-84-172: Published: Aug 16, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed and compared the electricity rate charges of employees of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) who operate Falcon Dam and live in government-owned housing in Falcon Village, Texas, with the electricity rate charges of other government workers living in Falcon Village.The Falcon Village facilities were first developed to house work...
Improving Controls Over Rent and Management Fees at Multifamily Housing Projects
RCED-84-118: Published: Apr 11, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) procedures for controlling rents and management fees at multifamily housing projects.As part of its oversight role in housing programs, HUD reviews and approves rent and management fee increases for multifamily rental housing projects. GAO found that inadequate controls resulted in excessive...
Equitable Interest Rates Are Needed for Farmers Home Administration Loans
RCED-83-157: Published: Aug 12, 1983. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1983.
GAO reviewed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) policies, procedures, and practices for setting and revising interest rates on farm, home, and community facility loans.Between June 1981 and March 1982, FmHA approved about 94,000 housing and farm loans, for which borrowers will receive subsidies or pay premiums, totalling $112 million over the life of their loans. GAO noted that, because subs...
Rental Rehabilitation With Limited Federal Involvement: Who Is Doing It? At What Cost? Who Benefits?
RCED-83-148: Published: Jul 11, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed rental housing rehabilitation activities funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.GAO assessed the rental rehabilitation programs in 73 communities across the Nation which managed CDBG programs during the past 3 years. GAO found that: (1) few communities have had recent experience in designing, implementing, or evaluating r...
Impact of the Proposed Consolidation of HUD Field Offices in the Dallas and Fort Worth, TX, Area
RCED-83-155: Published: May 19, 1983. Publicly Released: May 19, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO studied the proposed consolidation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Dallas Area Office and Fort Worth Regional and Service Office into one office located at Fort Worth.The study showed that a $1.5 million potential cost savings projection, which was developed by the HUD Fort Worth regional staff, included personnel savings that...
Examination of Allegations Concerning the Chicago Housing Authority
RCED-83-144: Published: Apr 28, 1983. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined three allegations concerning the Chicago Housing Authority's: (1) limiting competition in insurance contracting; (2) paying unnecessary or excessive amounts for garbage removal; and (3) not receiving full value for modernization expenditures.GAO found that the authority limited the number of bidders when it obtained insurance bids. Further, unti...