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Title: Rural cooperatives: Information on two rural electrification administration proposals

In response to the Rural Electrification Administration's proposal to eliminate its engineering standards divisions, GAO found that (1) the advantages of retaining REA's technical standards-setting functions far exceed the disadvantages; (2) adopting and applying industry standards would not be an acceptable alternative to REA's standards; (3) it would be impractical for REA to impose a fee to all users of its engineering standards but a fee charged to the cooperatives, as a percent of the loans they receive, appears practical; (4) abolishing all technical standards would have an adverse effect on REA's program to assist rural utilities; and (5) approved staffing pattern for both standards divisions stayed at the same level from FY 1983 to FY 1985. GAO also responded to REA's proposal to revise its criteria for loans and advances.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5960230
Report Number(s):
GAO/RCED-86-101
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING; STANDARDS; RURAL AREAS; ELECTRIC POWER; COOPERATION; FINANCING; US GAO; ENGINEERING; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; POWER; PUBLIC UTILITIES; US ORGANIZATIONS 296000* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Electric Power; 290200 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Economics & Sociology