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Accession Number PB2014-103927
Title Economic Developmennt Administration: Documentation of Award Selection Decisions Could Be Improved.
Publication Date Feb 2014
Media Count 42p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract The Department of Commerce's EDA provides financial assistance through grants to rural and urban communities experiencing substantial and persistent economic distress. EDA grants are intended to leverage existing regional assets to support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to promote economic prosperity in distressed communities. House Report 112-463 included a mandate that GAO review grants EDA made under its Public Works and EAA programs from fiscal years 2006 through 2012. This report discusses (1) the extent to which EDA documented its funding decisions (2) the levels of economic distress and population density of counties where EDA funded projects, and (3) the types of projects EDA funded. GAO reviewed EDA regulations and guidance; analyzed EDA project data from fiscal years 2007 (the year in the period covered by the mandate in which EDA awarded the most grants), 2011 (the most recent year with reliable data), and 2012 (the year in which EDA implemented new documentation procedures), as well as other federal data; and interviewed EDA staff.
Keywords Assets
Decision making
Economic development
Economic Development Administration(EDA)
Federal aid
Rural areas
Urban areas

Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 96A - Domestic Commerce, Marketing, & Economics
91J - Economic Studies
43B - Economic & Community Development
70F - Public Administration & Government
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1411
Contract Number N/A

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