Assistance Programs (Recommendations)

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The provision of assistance by the Government has a major impact upon the general public, as well as upon those who seek aid and those who particularly benefit from it. As with other governmental activity of similar importance, in dispensing assistance agencies should not be free to act completely within their own discretion, ad hoc, unguided by standards and...

Federal agencies annually disburse billions of dollars in grants-in-aid to State and local governments and to private entities to subsidize activities in such areas as welfare, housing, transportation, urban development and renewal, law enforcement, education, pollution control and health. While State and local governments and private organizations are the direct recipients...

Agencies that administer grant programs employ disparate and sometimes inadequate procedures in notifying applicants of available funds, stating policies for award of grants, informing applicants of actions taken on applications, and other matters. Adoption of more uniform, minimum procedures would be helpful to the agencies and would assist applicants, who often must deal...