Federal Agencies' Implementation of the 1983 Emergency Jobs Appropriations Act

OACG-84-1: Published: Nov 28, 1983. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 1983.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Federal agencies' efforts to implement title I of the 1983 Emergency Jobs Appropriations Act.

The purpose of title I was to provide productive jobs for unemployed Americans and humanitarian assistance to the indigent and homeless, as well as to encourage Federal projects of lasting value. The objectives of the GAO review were to assess Federal agency progress in implementing title I of the act and identify and assess problems agencies may have in quickly obligating the available funds. GAO found that the ability of agencies to quickly obligate title I funds is dependent upon the types of programs involved: welfare-type program funds have been obligated more quickly than construction and maintenance funds. About 89 percent of the title I funds available for obligation falls under the construction, renovation, and maintenance category and about 43 percent of the funds that had to be obligated before the end of the fiscal year (FY) had been obligated by June 30, 1983. GAO further observed that: (1) the Department of Agriculture has transferred $300 million in funds to the Agricultural Credit Insurance Fund for the Farm Operating Loan Program; (2) the administration plans to reduce budget requests for several future FY's to offset a portion of the funds made available in 1983; (3) the President proposed deferral of $67 million in appropriations for two construction programs; (4) since no uniform, comprehensive reporting requirements exist regarding the jobs created, accurate estimates are not available; and (5) agencies have generally allocated funds to high unemployment areas in accordance with the act's targeting provisions.

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