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How do federal agencies decide who should receive grants?
Federal agencies must establish a merit-based review process for competitive grants. We looked at the design and implementation of this process at parts of the Departments of the Interior, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture.
What GAO FoundThe Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, amended the Clean Air Act to transfer regulatory authority for air emissions on the outer continental shelf (OCS) off Alaska's north coast, including the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Department...
The federal government faces a series of challenges in the 21st century that will be difficult, if not impossible, for any single agency to address alone. Many issues cut across more than one agency and their actions are not well coordinated.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how the Harquahala Valley Irrigation District became a source of water for the Fort McDowell Indian Community, focusing on the: (1) federal government's costs to acquire the water; (2) benefits accrued to the parties involved in the acquisition;...
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's Graduated Rate Fee System (GRFS) to determine whether the: (1) system reflected fair market values; and (2) Service corrected previously identified fee system problems.