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.

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