Homelessness:

McKinney Act Reports Could Improve Federal Assistance Efforts

RCED-90-121: Published: Jun 4, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1990.

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GAO described the status of the homeless program reports mandated under the Homeless Assistance Act, to: (1) increase policymakers' knowledge about homelessness; and (2) improve federal effectiveness in assisting the homeless.

GAO found that: (1) as of April 1990, 7 federal agencies and the Interagency Council on the Homeless issued 6 of the 16 required one-time reports, had not issued 7 due reports, and had not issued 1 report that was not yet due; (2) Congress had not funded 2 programs for which reports were required; (3) the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) had the most one-time reporting requirements, but had only issued one of the reports, even though its due dates had passed; (4) the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had still not met one of its one-time reporting requirements; (5) federal agencies had issued 8 of the 10 required annual reports due for fiscal year (FY) 1988; (6) for FY 1988, HUD was the only agency that had not issued its annual report on tenants' first-refusal right, and did not prepare a remaining report because Congress had not funded the program; (7) federal agencies issued 7 of the 10 required annual reports due for FY 1989; (8) only HUD and HHS had not issued their FY 1989 reports, and did not issue a remaining report because Congress had not funded the program; (9) HUD and HHS personnel were uncertain when unissued reports would be approved and transmitted to the Congress.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: HUD comments reflect the status of the reports, but do not discuss what information will be contained in the reports once they are issued.

    Recommendation: To ensure that the Congress is fully informed about information needed for the Mckinney Act reauthorization, the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development should brief the appropriate congressional committees on the information obtained to date or to be contained in the final reports, notify them as to when the reports will be available, and seek their concurrence on the dates.

    Agency Affected: Department of Housing and Urban Development

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: HHS comments do not reflect discussing reports with Congress, nor do the comments reflect the information to be contained in the reports once they are issued.

    Recommendation: To ensure that the Congress is fully informed about information needed for the Mckinney Act reauthorization, the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development should brief the appropriate congressional committees on the information obtained to date or to be contained in the final reports, notify them as to when the reports will be available, and seek their concurrence on the dates.

    Agency Affected: Department of Health and Human Services

 

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