Program evaluation (101 - 110 of 150 items)
HUD Reassessment Procedures for Multifamily Housing Projects During the Approval Process and Construction Phase
CED-82-109: Published: Jun 30, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1982.
GAO conducted a study in response to a congressional request to determine: (1) whether Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) procedures to reassess its commitment to projects when changes such as increased construction costs and high interest rates make their financial outlook questionable were followed in approving the Park Crestwood project in Crestwood, Missouri; (2) HUD procedures...
DOD Should Give More Consideration to Passive Solar Systems for New Military Family Housing
EMD-82-74: Published: May 17, 1982. Publicly Released: May 17, 1982.
Since 1979, the Department of Defense (DOD) has been required to consider using solar energy systems in all new units constructed under its military family housing construction program. GAO conducted a review to determine the extent to which DOD was considering the use of such systems for new military family housing.For fiscal years 1981 and 1982, GAO found that DOD had planned to use very few act...
DOD's Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing--Better Living Conditions and Reduced Costs Possible
PLRD-82-59: Published: Apr 30, 1982. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1982.
In view of the large sums of money that the Department of Defense (DOD) is spending on housing its unaccompanied enlisted personnel, GAO evaluated the military services': (1) efforts to provide adequate housing; (2) efforts to control off-base housing costs; (3) computations of personnel housing requirements; and (4) personnel housing modernization policies, procedures, and practices.GAO found opp...
Housing Block Grant Activity in Pittsburgh: A Case Study
CED-82-52: Published: Mar 24, 1982. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1982.
Congress is currently considering various alternatives for administering federal housing subsidies. GAO studied the Community Development Block Grant Program activities of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to assist Congress by describing how cities and counties have used their block grant funds to provide and improve housing for low- and moderate-income families.GAO found that Pittsburgh has rehabilitate...
More Can Be Done To Measure HUD's Success in Using Millions of Dollars for Rehabilitating Housing
CED-81-98: Published: Jul 14, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1981.
GAO examined the current status of actions taken by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on recommendations GAO made to the agency in a previous report. In this report, GAO estimated that $150 million of a total $200 million in grants was directly granted to property owners to cover their rehabilitation costs in fiscal year 1980. By combining grant assistance to homeowners for hou...
New-Home Buyers and Federal Agencies Benefit From Improved Warranty Protection
CED-81-40: Published: May 26, 1981. Publicly Released: May 26, 1981.
GAO reviewed the private and State warranty programs that were developed to protect home buyers from construction defects in new houses. The review was made to assess the growth of these warranty programs and the protection that they provided through federally assisted housing programs.Until recently, new-home buyer's protection from construction defects was limited to that described in the purcha...
GAO Reviews of the Section 8 Lower Income Rental Assistance Program
114976: Apr 22, 1981
GAO reviews have shown that the Section 8 program has provided safe, decent, and sanitary housing to many lower income persons. Given the high caliber of the housing being provided, development and operating costs are generally reasonable, and incentives for the production of this housing are high. However, significant savings are possible which could be used to extend housing assistance to a grea...
Influence of Speculation on the Price of Converted Condominium Units
PAD-81-62: Published: Mar 5, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1981.
Congressional concern was expressed that the rapid turnover in sales of converted condominium units by investors has caused the price of these units to increase more rapidly than general housing prices. In response, GAO reviewed the complex interactions that determine the prices at which transactions take place in the housing market.The price of a converted condominium cannot be assessed in isolat...
Further Actions Needed To Improve Management of HUD Programs
CED-81-41: Published: Feb 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1981.
GAO has made numerous recommendations in its reports on federal housing and community development programs to reduce costs and increase effectiveness. The actions of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to implement these recommendations were reviewed.HUD has achieved cost savings and improved program operations by implementing many of the recommendations; however, no action has b...
Federal and State Actions Needed To Overcome Problems in Administering the Title XX Program
HRD-81-8: Published: Oct 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1980.
The title XX program, authorized by Social Security Act amendments, enables States to tailor social services programs to fit the needs of people in local communities. The social services are provided directly by public social services agencies or purchased from other public agencies and private profit or nonprofit organizations. The States must fund about 25 percent of their title XX program costs...