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Posts Tagged ‘Government Accountability Office’

Freshwater: Supply Concerns Continue, and Uncertainties Complicate Planning

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Extent of State Shortages Likely over the Next Decade under Average Water Conditions, 2013

The nation’s water bodies have long supplied Americans with abundant freshwater, but recent events, such as the ongoing California drought, have focused attention on competing demands for this limited resource. In the United States, the states are primarily responsible for managing freshwater resources, and many federal agencies influence states’ management decisions. In 2003, GAO issued a report providing an overview of trends in freshwater availability and use, as well as states’ views on ways the federal government could assist states to help meet future water management challenges.

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Effectively Deploying Broadband Conduit through Federal Highway Projects

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Affordable access to broadband telecommunications is increasingly viewed as vital to the country’s economic growth as well as for improving state and local systems for traffic management, public safety, and educational goals. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the largest cost element for deploying broadband via fiber optic cable is the cost of placement, such as burying the fiber in the ground, rather than the cost of the fiber itself.

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Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Eighty federal programs are authorized to fund transportation services for the transportation disadvantaged, but transportation is not the primary mission of most of the programs GAO identified. Of these, the Department of Transportation administers 7 programs that support public transportation.

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RECOVERY ACT: Funding Used for Transportation Infrastructure Projects, but Some Requirements Proved Challenging

Monday, July 11th, 2011
Figure 1: Recovery Act Funds Appropriated for DOT programs

Recipients continue to report using Recovery Act funds to improve the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Highway funds have been primarily used for pavement improvement projects, and transit funds have been primarily used to upgrade transit facilities and purchase buses. Recovery Act funds have also been used to rehabilitate airport runways and improve Amtrak’s infrastructure. The Recovery Act helped fund transportation jobs, but long-term benefits are unclear

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Bridges getting better, but still a LONG way to go

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit met on Wednesday to discuss bridge inspection in the U.S. (a responsibility of the Federal Highway Administration).  According to James Oberstar, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman , “With over one-half of our bridges built before 1964, it is increasingly important that we have […]

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