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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) administration of the Native Allotment Program to determine: (1) whether BLM met certain requirements in its eligibility determinations; and (2) the progress BLM made in completing the program.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Interior 1. The Secretary of the Interior should instruct the Director, BLM, to strengthen Native allotment review and approval practices to ensure that existing procedures are followed so that applications are approved only after BLM has obtained sufficient information to confirm that applicants have met the eligibility requirements.
Closed - Not Implemented
To verify that the new checklist is ensuring, in practice, that only eligible applicants receive allotments, GAO would need to do audit work in Alaska.

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