The Revenue Sharing Act's 1976 Amendments:

Little Effect on Improving Administration and Enforcement of Nondiscrimination Provisions

GGD-81-9: Published: Dec 10, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 1980.

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Previously reported problems identified in the Office of Revenue Sharing's (ORS) administration of the Revenue Sharing Act's nondiscrimination provisions continue to exist despite enactment of the 1976 amendments.

GAO found that: (1) case processing time continues to be lengthy; (2) the case backlog is steadily increasing; (3) compliance agreements are not adequately monitored; (4) self-initiated compliance reviews are not generally made because of the consistent backlog of complaints awaiting investigation; and (5) cooperative agreements with state and other federal agencies are not being effectively used. However, despite the problems, ORS has prompted changes in recipient jurisdictions' employment practices and delivery of services.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status:

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Treasury should require the Director of ORS to direct the two-person monitoring teams to make a stipulated number of self-initiated compliance reviews.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  2. Status:

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Treasury should require the Director of ORS to implement the cooperative agreement with the Office of Personnel Management and make greater use of the agreement with the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  3. Status:

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Treasury should require the Director of ORS to fully implement its plan to use two-person teams for each branch to monitor jurisdictions' compliance agreements.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  4. Status:

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Treasury should require the Director of ORS to modify the compliance tracking system to enable supervisors to use the system to manage case workload and to improve the monitoring of cases after agreements have been reached.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  5. Status:

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Treasury should require the Director of ORS to finalize the revised agreement with the Department of Justice and establish cooperative agreements with other federal agencies whose civil rights mandates overlap with those of ORS.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  6. Status:

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Treasury should require the Director of ORS to actively seek to establish more cooperative agreements with state civil rights agencies, focusing on practical areas of cooperation such as information exchange, state assistance in monitoring compliance agreements, and mutual support for each other's compliance efforts.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  7. Status:

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Treasury should require the Director of ORS to prepare single-document compliance agreements, to be signed by ORS and the jurisdiction, specifying the corrective actions agreed upon.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

 

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