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Updates to Forest Service Secure Rural Schools Act Website


Posted Date: 
November 21, 2012

The Forest Service website has been updated with links to the USDA response to the GAO title III audit report at the following links http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/countyfunds and http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/countyfunds/faqs.

The FAQ page includes the following:

"… beginning August 31, 2012 and going forward, the Forest Service has revised its guidance regarding the authorized uses of title III funds.  The revisions are a result of recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled, “Payments to Counties:  More Clarity Could Help Ensure County Expenditures Are Consistent with Key Parts of the Secure Rural Schools Act (GAO-12-775, July 2012).  GAO recommended that the Forest Service provide clear guidance specifying types of allowable county uses of title III funds to help counties make appropriate decisions regarding these funds.   The entire GAO report may be viewed at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-775.  The USDA response to the GAO audit report may be viewed on this web site."