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United States General Accounting Office General Government Division
Washington, D.C. 20548
July 16, 1999
The Honorable Judd Gregg
The Honorable Ernest Hollings
Ranking Minority Member
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,
State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies
Committee on Appropriations
United States Senate
According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Weed and Seed
Program is an important component of its crime prevention program as
well as a major part of the Clinton Administration's comprehensive
community revitalization strategy. Weed and Seed is a community-based,
multiagency program that proposes to "weed out" crime from targeted
neighborhoods, then "seed" the site with a variety of programs and
resources to prevent crime from recurring. A central tenet of the program
is for local Weed and Seed sites to develop partnerships with other federal,
state, and local governments and private sector agencies to leverage
federal Weed and Seed grant funds with additional resources from these
partners to promote weeding and seeding activities. These additional
resources are intended to help the sites achieve the goal of becoming self-
sustaining without Weed and Seed grant funds.
This report responds to a requirement contained in the Senate report (105-
235) accompanying the fiscal year 1999 Commerce, Justice, State, the
Judiciary, and Related Agencies' appropriations bill. This report also
reviews the efficiency and effectiveness of the Weed and Seed Program.
Specifically, this report assesses how (1) the program is managed by DOJ's
Executive Office for Weed and Seed (EOWS), (2) EOWS monitors local
Weed and Seed sites to ensure that grant requirements are met, (3) EOWS
determines when sites have become self-sustaining, and (4) EOWS and
selected sites are measuring program results.
GAO/GGD-99-110 Weed and Seed Grant Program Management
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United States. General Accounting Office. Federal Grants: More Can Be Done to Improve Weed and Seed Program Management, report, July 16, 1999; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc292618/m1/3/: accessed January 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.