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AmeriCorps*USA--First Year Experience and Recent Program Initiatives

T-HEHS-96-146: Published: May 21, 1996. Publicly Released: May 21, 1996.

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GAO discussed the Corporation for National and Community Service's AmeriCorps*USA service program. GAO noted that: (1) for program year 1994 to 1995, the Corporation provided almost $149 million for grantee projects; (2) about 69 percent of matching project contributions came from public sources; (3) total resources available per participant, exclusive of private in-kind contributions, averaged $26,654, of which federal sources provided 74 percent, state and local governments 14 percent, and the private sector 12 percent; (4) cost data could not be determined because most AmeriCorps programs are too new; (5) total available resources for AmeriCorps*USA grantees averaged about $16 per service hour; (6) grantees' projects are designed to meet unmet human, educational, environmental, and public safety needs, strengthen communities, develop civic responsibility, and expand educational opportunities for program participants and others; and (7) to reduce government costs in the 1996-1997 program year, Congress has reduced program appropriations and prohibited federal agencies from receiving AmeriCorps grants, and the Corporation has required certain grantees to reduce proposed costs by 10 percent and all grantees to pay a higher share of program operating costs.

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