Block Grants:

Increases in Set-Asides and Cost Ceilings Since 1982

HRD-92-58FS: Published: Jul 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) legislative changes to block grant program authorizations; and (2) how restrictions placed on recipients have changed regarding set-asides, cost ceilings, and state and local grantees' fund usage.

GAO found that: (1) from 1983 to 1991, Congress amended set-aside and cost-ceiling requirements or changed existing requirements 58 times; (2) 13 amendments added set-aside and cost ceiling requirements, 1 set aside was abolished, and 1 cost ceiling was replaced from 1982 to 1991; and (3) grantees seldom request waivers, the waivers are usually approved, and federal agencies do not collect data on waiver requests.

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