funds for constructing and upgrading water supply and wastewater treatment facilities. As a result, they typically rely on federal grants and loans, primarily from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), Economic Development Administration (EDA), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), to fund these projects. Concern has been raised about potential overlap between the projects these agencies fund. For fiscal years 2004 through 2006 GAO determined the (1) amount of funding these agencies obligated for rural water projects and (2) extent to which each agency's eligibility criteria and the projects they fund differed. GAO analyzed each agency's financial data and reviewed applicable statutes, regulations, and policies.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||To ensure that the Congress has the information it needs to determine whether the Corps should continue to fund rural water supply and wastewater projects, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Commanding General and the Chief of Engineers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide a comprehensive report on the water supply and wastewater projects that the Corps has funded under its pilot programs and determine whether these pilot programs duplicate other agency efforts and should be discontinued, or whether these pilot programs address an unmet need and should be expanded and made permanent at a national level.|