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What GAO FoundFederal efforts to support entrepreneurs are fragmented--including among 52 programs at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Commerce, and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Congress established the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) program in 1993 and the Renewal Community (RC) program in 2000 to provide assistance to the nation's distressed communities. To date, Congress has authorized three rounds of EZs, two rounds of ECs, and one round of RCs.
Federal programs in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Rural Housing Service (RHS) promote mortgage financing for low-income, first-time, minority, veteran, and rural home buyers.
The Comptroller General's opinion was sought regarding the proposed executive reorganization of the Departments of the Interior and Housing and Urban Development into Departments of Natural Resources and Development Assistance, respectively.
A review was conducted to determine the legality and propriety of a decision by Farmers Home Administration, Department of Agriculture, to permit the Waltra Corporation to convert two buildings into office space and into apartment units for senior citizens and families of low and moderate incomes.