One of 5 booklets summarizing 18 HUD - sponsored capacity - building and sharing projects, this report describes practical ideas for local governments facing planning and scheduling problems. The ideas are workable and have been used for a sufficient period of time to determine results. They include an energy conservation program developed by the South Georgia Consortium without the use of an outside consultant and a centralized purchasing system entailing format purchase requisitions, purchase orders, a bid policy and procedure, a standardized filing system, inventory control, standardized specifications for those items used by several departments, and a recommended price list for common purchases. The Consortium also developed a system for improving personnel management without adding a separate department. Rhode Island's local governments created performance measures and a cost allocation method for local needs. This method can help select performance targets, and choose level of effort to build a data collection system for helping with resource allocation and other management decisionmaking. Wichita, Kan., has formulated a system for budgeting and managing community development funds, including block grant funds, and has documented its experience in a ''how to do it'' handbook. Finally, Salem, Oreg., has established a centralized permit and licensing facility that uses standardized forms for accounting (freeing 2.5 clerks for other duties and making it possible for Oregon residents to obtain a license in 2 to 3 days), and Anaheim, Calif., has come up with a method for planning and scheduling large street and road projects while avoiding the costs of purchasing a computer and retaining a permanent staff. General information on the key elements and implementation of these ideas are provided as well as some cost data. Ordering information for project booklets is included.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Assistant Secretary for Policy Development & Research
    Washington, DC  United States  20410
  • Publication Date: 1979-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00312682
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HUD-0000782, Summary Report
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 2002 12:00AM