PROBLEMS IN IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNIFORM RELOCATION ACT

This paper is drawn from the March 1978 GAO report issued entitled Changes Needed in the Relocation Act to Achieve More Uniform Treatment of Persons Displaced by Federal Programs, and GAO testimony on S. 1108. The paper specifically comments on proposals of S. 1108: (a) to establish a central authority to create a set of uniform regulations from the agencies to implement, (b) to clarify the coverage of the act, and (c) to adjust payment schedules to 1979 levels. The GAO report concluded that the federal government has not completely met its goal of providing uniform treatment to people displaced from their homes and businesses. The report concluded that the root cause of this situation is the president's lack of authority to promulgate uniform rules and regulations to replace the multiple sets of regulations that now exist. It also reported that some people displaced by federally-assisted projects were not covered by the act. Our recent informal contracts with federal agencies indicate that the conditions described in the report remain essentially unchanged. The central management authority, which GAO recommended and that would be established if S. 1108 is enacted, should not result in the creation of a large administrative bureaucracy. Expertise in administering relocation activities rests, and should remain in the line agencies. A very small staff could fulfill the needed leadership, conflict resolution, and decision-making role envisioned by the proposed amendments.

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: pp 13-17
  • Monograph Title: RELOCATION AND REAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION
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  • Accession Number: 00335131
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM