Assessment of Certain Planning Activities of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments

GGD-82-25: Published: Jan 25, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1982.

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A congressional request was made for an evaluation of four Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) studies dealing with housing, economic development, environmental air quality, and transportation. GAO responded to a concern about the usefulness of the studies and whether the benefits and results were worth the federal funds used to finance the studies.

Most persons GAO interviewed gave favorable comments on the quality of the study and on the usefulness of the Council's work. However, the four OKI recommendations have not been accomplished. GAO pointed out that OKI, like the other councils of governments nationwide, is an advisory organization which does not have the necessary authority to implement its report recommendations. Three of the OKI member counties have questioned whether the OKI efforts are worth the cost they incur as members. Administration budget cuts make any additional program terminations likely.

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