Should the Appalachian Regional Commission Be Used as a Model for the Nation?

CED-79-50: Published: Apr 27, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1979.

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The Appalachian Regional Commission program is an experiment to see whether effective policy and plans can be made for the economic, social, and environmental growth and development of Appalachia. The Commission considers its program a model for the Nation and recommends the concept be expanded to a nationwide system of multistate commissions. However, such expansion would be premature until the problems and unresolved issues are thoroughly considered.

Problems include program planning and evaluation, fund allocation procedures, internal controls, and monitoring state expenditures.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: Congress should amend the Appalachian Regional Development Act to require the Commission to monitor state expenditures in both the Appalachia and non-Appalachia parts of each state and establish a more current base level of state expenditures for the act's maintenance of effort requirement.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Commission should: (1) amend its basic policy to require that each state plan address the same development problems; (2) develop and adopt additional written guidelines for state and district planners; (3) use its regional development planning process to establish specific goals in terms of acceptable education, employment, health, housing, income, and other standard of living levels; (4) require states to provide some fixed minimum level of state financial contribution for nonhighway programs and limit each state's nonsupplemental use of supplemental funds; and (5) define more clearly what each state's evaluation capability should be, set target dates by which that capability should be in place, establish a long-range fiscal plan addressing future federal and state commitment to the program, and make provisions to evaluate program effectiveness within a reasonable period of time.

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