Recreation Fees: Agencies Can Better Implement the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and Account for Fee Revenues Page: 3 of 118
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Results in Brief 5
Working Groups Formed to Foster Interagency Cooperation and
Coordination on REA Implementation Issues Have Made
Progress, but Some Issues Remain Unresolved 14
Most Agencies Have Reviewed and Begun to Modify Recreation Fee
Programs to Implement REA, but Some Units are Still
Transitioning, Reclamation Is Not Yet Participating, and Agencies
Have Been Slow to Issue Final Guidance 22
Some Agencies Do Not Have Adequate Controls and Accounting
Procedures for Collected Fees and Lack Effective Guidance for
Establishing a System of Internal Controls, Including Routine
Agencies Have Different Processes for Selecting Projects to Be
Funded with Fee Revenues 36
Agencies Have Millions of Dollars in Unobligated Recreation Fee
Balances to Fund Future Projects; Some Projects Funded May Be
Similar to Those Formerly Funded with Other Appropriations 52
Recommendations for Executive Action 63
Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 64
Objectives, Scope, and Methodology
Fees for Recreational Uses Vary by Agency and for Amenities
Across and within Agencies Participating in REA
Information on Organizational Structure, Costs, and
Membership Requirements of Recreation Resource Advisory
Information on Total Fee Revenues, Obligated Funds, and
Information on Participating Agencies' 10 Units with Largest
Unobligated Fund Balances
Comments from the Department of the Interior
GAO-06-1016 Recreation Fees
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