Summaries of Conclusions and Recommendations on the Operations of Civil Departments and Agencies

HRD-77-33: Published: Jan 17, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 1977.

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The annual review and audit included analysis of federal computer systems uses and management, personnel management, and ways of saving money in operations costs for all federal civic departments and agencies.

Agriculture needs to reassess its funding of various areas and should consider better vocational education for small farmers to increase productivity. Commerce should increase funding for research into the census undercount and should develop programs to help manage and maintain fishery resources. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's health service programs, including training programs, and health safety programs should be reevaluated to determine better management procedures. Social service and special education programs also need to be improved. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs for assessment of the environmental impact of proposed projects and collection of outstanding mortgage payments need improvement, but weaknesses in the taxpaying systems are being corrected. Department of the Interior mineral and fuel policy needs improvement, as do the reclamation activities. Department of Labor should improve its auditing and investigating operations, its funds allocation, and its worker protection programs. Data are available to measure the impact of minimum and overtime wage provisions for the Fair Labor Standards Act on working parents hiring babysitters. State's international aid programs need to be reevaluated and funds possibly redistributed. Transportation should improve controls over various projects. All the Commissions and boards need to improve program and Fund Management.

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