ERIC Number: ED115422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun-27
Improving Federally Assisted Business Development on Indian Reservations. Report to the Congress by the Comptroller General of the United States.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Reviewing 28 economic development projects on seven reservations, the General Accounting Office (GAO) evaluated the effectiveness of Federal efforts to improve American Indian economic conditions, the problems encountered, and the opportunities to improve these efforts. Evaluation revealed a need for: (1) better promotional efforts (up-to-date promotional material; closer working arrangements among Federal, Tribal, and business representatives; and aggressive program administration) and (2) a single agency to direct and coordinate Indian economic development. GAO recommended that the Office of Management and Budget provide for an organizational framework clarifying Federal Indian economic development program and coordination responsibilities and work with heads of departments and agencies to develop: (1) improved procedures for project evaluation and monitoring (detailed guidelines, critical evaluation by the funding agency, clear documentation of the basis for financing, a monitoring plan, and a followup procedure) and (2) a systematic broad-scale promotional program. GAO also recommended that the Commissioner of Indian Affairs identify solutions to problems of excessive Indian labor turnover. Five Federal agencies generally agreed with GAO conclusions and, except for the Department of the Interior, supported GAO's recommendations. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.