Projects Funded in South Central Georgia by the Emergency Jobs Appropriations Act of 1983

HRD-85-98: Published: Sep 25, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1985.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the implementation of the Emergency Jobs Appropriations Act in five contiguous counties in Georgia. This legislation provides emergency supplemental appropriations to: (1) provide productive employment; (2) hasten or initiate federal projects and construction; and (3) provide humanitarian assistance including an emergency food and shelter program.

GAO found that: (1) over $4.1 million in funds were awarded to nine projects in the five-county area for improvements in military housing, publicly owned buildings, parks and recreational facilities, and for a public service project to help process emergency federal farm loans; and (2) of the 165 people employed on the projects, at least 25 had been previously unemployed. The act required federal and state agencies to use the funds to maximize the creation of new employment opportunities for individuals who were unemployed for at least 15 of the 26 weeks preceeding enactment. The efforts varied greatly from including hiring instructions in agreements with grantees to using a local employment service to hire unemployed individuals. Other benefits that resulted from the projects included: (1) improvements to parks and recreation facilities; (2) improvements in housing; and (3) potential long-term employment opportunities.

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