Kennedy Center:

Information on the Capital Improvement Program

GGD-93-46: Published: Feb 9, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Park Service's (NPS) use of appropriated funds, in fiscal years 1991 and 1992, for capital improvements at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, focusing on the Center's capability to implement a major capital improvement program.

GAO found that: (1) of the $44.1 million appropriated to NPS for operating and maintaining the Center's nonperforming arts functions, NPS obligated $27.7 million for capital repairs and alterations; (2) appropriation adjustments decreased the capital repair and alteration total by $300,000, of which about $15.5 million was targeted for mechanical, structural, and handicapped access projects and $11.9 million for garage repairs; (3) of the $15.5 million in mechanical, structural, and handicapped project funds, NPS obligated $2.8 million for design work, reprogrammed $9.7 million to the garage repair contract, and reserved $3 million for future accessibility modification and mechanical and electrical improvement contracts; (4) of the $21.6 million budgeted for the garage project, NPS obligated $1.5 million for design work and reserved the remaining $20.1 million for the contract award; (5) the Center had limited staff capability for administering and managing a major capital improvement program; and (6) the Center contracted on an ad hoc basis, since there was a lack of in-house federal contracting officers, architects, or engineers.

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