National Park Service: Donations and Related Partnerships Benefit Parks, but Management Refinements Could Better Target Risks and Enhance Accountability

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The National Park Service (Park Service) in the Department of the Interior (Interior) annually receives hundreds of millions of dollars in donated funds, goods, and services to support its 391 parks and other sites. But concerns have been raised about potential accompanying risks, such as undue donor influence, new long-term maintenance costs, or commercialization of parks. To address these concerns, the Park Service has developed and refined policies for managing donations, but questions remain about the agency's ability to do so effectively. GAO was asked to ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. June 16, 2009.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The National Park Service (Park Service) in the Department of the Interior (Interior) annually receives hundreds of millions of dollars in donated funds, goods, and services to support its 391 parks and other sites. But concerns have been raised about potential accompanying risks, such as undue donor influence, new long-term maintenance costs, or commercialization of parks. To address these concerns, the Park Service has developed and refined policies for managing donations, but questions remain about the agency's ability to do so effectively. GAO was asked to examine (1) how donations and related partnerships have supported the Park Service, (2) the policies and processes the agency uses to manage donations and how well they are working, and (3) what the agency could do to enhance its management of donations and related partnerships. GAO reviewed applicable legal and policy documents, interviewed Interior and Park Service officials and partner organizations, and visited selected national parks."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. National Park Service: Donations and Related Partnerships Benefit Parks, but Management Refinements Could Better Target Risks and Enhance Accountability, report, June 16, 2009; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc296638/: accessed May 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.