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ERIC Number: ED507499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Formula Grants: Funding for the Largest Federal Assistance Programs is Based on Census-Related Data and Other Factors. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-10-263
Goldenkoff, Robert
US Government Accountability Office
Many federal assistance programs are funded by formula grants that have historically relied at least in part on population data from the decennial census and related data to allocate funds. In June 2009, the Census Bureau reported that in fiscal year 2007 the federal government obligated over $446 billion through funding formulas that rely at least in part on census and related data. Funding for federal assistance programs continues to increase. GAO was asked to determine (1) how much the federal government obligates to the largest federal assistance programs based on the decennial census and related data, and how the Recovery Act changed that amount; and (2) what factors could affect the role of population in grant funding formulas. To answer these objectives, GAO identified the 10 largest federal assistance programs in each of the fiscal years 2008 and 2009 based on data from the President's fiscal year 2010 budget. GAO reviewed statutes, agency reports, and other sources to obtain illustrative examples of how different factors could affect the role of population data in grant funding. Appended to this report are: (1) Objectives, Scope, and Methodology; (2) Descriptions of the Largest Federal Assistance Programs; and (3) GAO Contact and Acknowledgments. (Contains 2 tables and 29 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Childrens Health Insurance Program; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families