ERIC Number: ED171484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Oct-31
Reference Count: N/A
Federal Management Weaknesses Cry Out for Alternatives to Deliver Programs and Services to Indians to Improve Their Quality of Life. Report to the Congress of the United States by the Comptroller General.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
The Government Accounting Office (GAO) has concluded that Congress must legislate management alternatives for federal agencies which provide services for Indians. Legislation is necessary because these agencies have not corrected management weaknesses in spite of repeated recommendations by GAO, congressional committees, American Indian Policy Review Commission, and other responsible groups. Programs of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other Indian programs have been persistently weak in the areas of planning and needs assessment, records management and information systems, program monitoring and evaluation, training and technical assistance for tribal governments, coordination of federal agency activities, and staffing and funding. These deficiencies have caused rising program costs without evidence that programs are improving the quality of life for Indians. Education and health, school construction, business development, housing, training, natural resources, and self-determination activities have all suffered. Congress should consider the following alternatives to improve Indian services and programs: (1) consolidate under a single agency; (2) consolidate program areas; (3) funnel Indian program funds through one agency; (4) assist tribes in developing the capability to manage federal programs. GAO reports on federal management of Indian programs are appended. (JH)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Agency Cooperation, American Indians, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Organizational Change, Organizational Effectiveness, Program Costs, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Quality of Life
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.