Federal Lands:

Views on Reform of Recreation Concessioners

T-RCED-95-250: Published: Jul 25, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1995.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

GAO discussed federal policies and practices for managing recreation concessioners and proposed legislation to reform those policies and practices. GAO noted that: (1) agency concessions policies and practices vary widely because they are based on at least 11 different laws; (2) many of the laws are agency specific and give the agency broad discretion in establishing concession terms, conditions, and associated fees; (3) 3 agencies grant a preferential right to contract renewal to most of their concessioners, while the other 3 agencies do not grant preferential rights to any concessioner; (4) concession contracts should be opened to more competition, since concession fees yield on average a return of 2.4 percent of gross concession revenues; (5) the National Park Service receives some noncash compensation, such as concessioners' improvements to or maintenance of Park Service facilities; (6) the Forest Service does not currently receive fair market value from ski operators; (7) the proposed legislation is consistent with past GAO findings and would establish common concessions policies on such issues as possessory interest; (8) extinguishing possessory interest could reduce concessions fees and increase the Park Service's maintenance burden; (9) 3 of the proposed bills increase competition, limit the preferential right of renewal, improve government returns, and allow the agencies to retain the fees; and (10) one bill would establish an new simpler fee system for ski areas on Forest Service lands, but it does not require the fees to reflect fair market value.

Aug 15, 2016

Jul 26, 2016

Jul 21, 2016

Jul 14, 2016

Jul 7, 2016

Jun 14, 2016

Jun 13, 2016

Looking for more? Browse all our products here