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AmeriCorps*USA--Early Program Resource and Benefit Information

HEHS-95-222: Published: Aug 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the public and private resources being used to support the Corporation for National and Community Service's AmeriCorps*USA program, focusing on: (1) the amount of funds and in-kind contributions used to support program participants; (2) the per-participant and per-service-hour allocation of program resources; and (3) program objectives, anticipated benefits, and achievements to date.

GAO found that: (1) for program year 1994 to 1995, Corporation resources available per program participant totalled $17,600, while total resources per participant averaged about $26,654; (2) over one-third of the program's financial resources came from sources outside of the Corporation, mostly from other federal agencies and state and local governments; (3) private sector contributions accounted for about 12 percent of the program's total available resources; (4) most of the Corporation's funding for program projects went to providing operating grants and education awards; (5) per-participant resources were lower for programs run by nonfederal organizations than those funded by federal agencies; (6) total available resources per-service-hour amounted to about $16; (7) Congress intended for the program to help communities address their unmet human, educational, environmental, and public safety needs; (8) the program has achieved a variety of results that support its goals; and (9) the programs reviewed were designed to strengthen community ties and spirit, develop civic responsibility, and expand educational opportunities for program participants and others.

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