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Financial Assistance: Ongoing Challenges and Guiding Principles Related to Government Assistance For Private Sector Companies

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The recent financial crisis resulted in a wide-ranging federal response that included providing extraordinary assistance to several major corporations. As a result of actions under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and others, the government was a shareholder in the American International Group Inc. (AIG); Bank of America; Citigroup, Inc. (Citigroup); Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler); General Motors Company (GM); Ally Financial/GMAC, Inc. (GMAC); and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Enterprises). The government ownership interest in these companies resulted from financial assistance that was aimed at stabilizing the financial markets, housing finance, or specific market segments. This report (1) describes the government's ownership interest and evaluates the extent of government involvement in these companies, (2) discusses the government's management and monitoring of its investments and exit strategies, and (3) identifies lessons learned from the federal actions. This work was done in part with the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and involved reviewing relevant documentation related to these companies and the federal assistance provided. GAO interviewed officials at Treasury, Federal Reserve, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and the banking regulators, as well as the senior executives and relevant officials at the companies that received exceptional assistance."
Date: August 3, 2010
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Federal Financial Assistance: Preliminary Observations on Assistance Provided to AIG

Description: Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) have made available over $182 billion in assistance to American International Group (AIG) to prevent its failure. However, questions have been raised about the goals of the assistance and how it is being monitored. Also, because AIG is generally known for its insurance operations, questions exist about the effect of the assistance on certain insurance markets. This statement provides preliminary findings on (1) the goals and monitoring of federal assistance to AIG and challenges to AIG's repayment of the assistance; and (2) the potential effects of the federal assistance on the U.S. commercial property/casualty insurance market. GAO's work on these issues is ongoing. To date, we have reviewed relevant documents on the assistance and ongoing operations of AIG, as well as documents issued by the Federal Reserve and Treasury. We also interviewed officials from these organizations as well as industry participants (competitors, brokers, and customers) and insurance regulators, among others."
Date: March 18, 2009
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

DOE/EPSCoR Traineeship Program: Final report, 1994

Description: This report reviews the University of Wyoming`s approach to implementing the DOE Traineeship Program, and briefly describes the research performed by the DOE/EPSCoR Trainees during Years 2 and 3 of the Traineeship Program, 1992--1994, as of August 1994. These brief descriptions of individual research projects demonstrate the wide scope of energy-related research that the DOE-EPSCoR Traineeships have initiated in Wyoming. The availability of this funding has encouraged many talented students to continue their education in fields of interest to DOE. These additional graduate students have improved the educational atmosphere for everyone. The visibility of the DOE program has sharpened the focus of the science and engineering departments on the energy-related research of importance to Wyoming and DOE. The impact of the DOE Traineeships in Wyoming has been substantial and very positive. It has not only increased the number of students studying in energy-related disciplines, but has also increased the quality of their graduate research. The program has also increased the visibility of DOE in Wyoming and has helped focus attention on the energy and environmental graduate education which is so essential to the University and the State.
Date: December 31, 1994
Creator: Gern, W. & Steadman, J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

DOE/EPSCoR Traineeship Program: Progress report, academic year 1992--93. Annual report 1993

Description: This progress report reviews the University of Wyoming`s approach to implementing the DOE Traineeship Program, and briefly describes the research performed by the DOE/EPSCoR Trainees during the academic year, 1992--1993. These brief descriptions of individual research projects demonstrate the wide scope of energy-related research that the DOE-EPSCoR Traineeships have initiated in Wyoming. The availability of this funding has encouraged many talented students to continue their education in fields of interest to DOE. These additional bright, energetic graduate students have improved the educational atmosphere for everyone. The visibility of the DOE program has sharpened the focus of the science and engineering departments on the energy-related research of importance to Wyoming and DOE. The impact of the DOE Traineeships in Wyoming has been substantial and very positive. It has not only increased the number of students studying in energy-related disciplines, but has also increased the quality of their graduate research. The program has also increased the visibility of DOE in Wyoming and has helped focus attention on the energy and environmental graduate education which is so essential to the University and the State.
Date: December 31, 1993
Creator: Hodgson, D. & Steadman, J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Inventor and innovator pilot project program

Description: The Commission for Economic Development in Orem (CEDO) has completed its pilot project: setting up an inventor organization, providing knowledgeable speakers for monthly meetings, and trying to assess and meet the needs of that group. Utah Valley Community College provided space for monthly inventor meetings. It was decided that the monthly meetings would be held as two-hour mini seminar sessions with qualified speakers. The college provided continuing education units free for attendance at the meetings. Results of two surveys of the group were analyzed. A meeting was held between CEDO and the college's Dean of the School of Business where it was decided that the group should be continued. The college will continue providing space for the monthly meetings and assisting with the attraction of additional qualified speakers. CEDO will continue to locate speakers, put on the monthly meetings publish the monthly newsletter and provide information and assistance for the group. It has been determined by CEDO that having a group'' with monthly speakers is only a pacification of the needs of inventors and innovators. This group is in dire need of specialized inventor ASSISTANCE on a no-cost or low-cost basis.
Date: August 30, 1991
Creator: Squire, D.W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Report on the Taos round table: Oil and money in the next decade

Description: This report summarizes the content of the conference held May 8--10, 1992 in Taos, Mexico. The conference explored the topic ``what is required from the world oil and gas community and what does it cost?`` The topics included areas of growth potential, changing demand patterns for refined product, and cost of pollution regulations. The conference then explored the requirements from the oil exploration and production sector, the requirements from the financial community and the priorities which should be set, and finally what strategy should be developed for survival growth and profitability in the next decade.
Date: December 31, 1992
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Student science enrichment training program: Progress report, June 1, 1988--May 31, 1989

Description: This is a status report on a Student Science Enrichment Training Program held at the campus of Claflin College, Orangeburg, SC. The topics of the report include the objectives of the project, participation experienced, financial incentives and support for the program, curriculum description, and estimated success of the program in stimulating an occupational interest in science and research fields by the students.
Date: April 21, 1989
Creator: Sandhu, S.S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tomorrow`s energy today for cities and counties: Energy efficiency strengthens local economies

Description: Your town can use energy efficiency as part of a program to stimulate local economic development. Energy efficiency affects economic growth because energy is used by every part of a community`s economy, including producers, distributors, and marketers of goods and services. But the all-encompassing effects of energy on your local economy are not always obvious. In general, energy costs have two types of effects--direct and indirect. These are explained. The energy efficiency program in Osage, Iowa has helped meet the needs of local businesses by providing technical assistance and low-cost loans. Osage`s municipally owned utility has provided an energy audit at no cost to nearly every business in town. Low-cost loans helped Osage`s businesses pay for energy-efficient measures. Usually, the loans were for projects that pay back the loan principal from the energy savings within a few years. As a result of the energy efficiency program, per capita electricity consumptions in Osage is 25% less than that for the rest of Iowa. In fact, the Osage utility has been able to reduce electricity rates by 19% during the last 8 years and natural gas rates by 5% during the last 5 years. The average home owners saves almost $200 a year in energy bills, and many local businesses save much more.
Date: September 1, 1995
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Directory of financing sources for foreign energy projects

Description: The Office of National Security Policy has produced this Directory of Financing Sources for Foreign Energy Projects. The Directory reviews programs that offer financing from US government agencies, multilateral organizations, public, private, and quasi-private investment funds, and local commercial and state development banks. The main US government agencies covered are the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Export-Import Bank of the US (EXIM Bank), Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), US Department of Energy, US Department of Defense, and the US Trade and Development Agency (TDA). Other US Government Sources includes market funds that have been in part capitalized using US government agency funds. Multilateral organizations include the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and various organizations of the United Nations. The Directory lists available public, private, and quasi-private sources of financing in key emerging markets in the Newly Independent States and other developing countries of strategic interest to the US Department of Energy. The sources of financing listed in this directory should be considered indicative rather than inclusive of all potential sources of financing. Initial focus is on the Russian Federation, Ukraine, india, China, and Pakistan. Separate self-contained sections have been developed for each of the countries to enable the user to readily access market-specific information and to support country-specific Departmental initiatives. For each country, the directory is organized to follow the project life cycle--from prefeasibility, feasibility, project finance, cofinancing, and trade finance, through to technical assistance and training. Programs on investment and export insurance are excluded.
Date: September 1, 1995
Creator: La Ferla, L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The changing role of the National Laboratories in materials research

Description: The role of the National Laboratories is summarized from the era of post World War II to the present time. The U.S. federal government policy for the National Laboratories and its influence on their materials science infrastructure is reviewed with respect to: determining overall research strategies, various initiatives to interact with industry (especially in recent years), building facilities that serve the nation, and developing leading edge research in the materials sciences. Despite reductions in support for research in the U.S. in recent years, and uncertainties regarding the specific policies for R&D in the U.S., there are strong roles for materials research at the National Laboratories. These roles will be centered on the abilities of the National Laboratories to field multidisciplinary teams, the use of unique cutting edge facilities, a focus on areas of strength within each of the labs, increased teaming and partnerships, and the selection of motivated research areas. It is hoped that such teaming opportunities will include new alliances with China, in a manner similar, perhaps, to those recently achieved between the U.S. and other countries.
Date: June 2, 1995
Creator: Wadsworth, J. & Fluss, M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Department of Energy Procurement and Financial-Assistance Career Guide

Description: This guide supports the Procurement Career Management and Development Program which is administered by the Procurement Career Management and Development Board. Objectives are: (a). To meet current and future DOE-wide needs for procurement and financial-assistance people and to provide capable replacements for key procurement and financial-assistance positions on a planned, systematic basis. (b). To attract, select, develop and retain, on a long-term career basis, a higly qualified workforce capable of performing current and future DOE procurement and financial assistance functions. (c) To increase the proficiency of DOE procurement and financial-assistance people in their present positions and to give talented people opportunities for broadening experiences and progression commensurate with their abilities. (d) To stimulate self-development. The program applies to all procurement and financial-assistance people, or those who perform key related function, in DOE who are serving under career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service.
Date: May 1, 1980
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Credit tools to promote energy conservation: a possible federal role

Description: An analysis is presented of the potential of banking institutions to assist in the promotion and implementation of energy conserving measures. Emphasis is given to urban problems and to a possible federal involvement with any measures taken. The relationship between commercial banks and their borrowers was examined. In order to assess a potential federal role, existing regulatory mechanisms were examined. Senior officers of commercial banks were interviewed. A review of relevant literature and federal regulations was undertaken. The fundamentals of lending decisions were reviewed and analyzed in order to develop an understanding of the function of energy considerations in the loan process. The large money-center bank, which satisfies the financial needs of the Fortune 500 borrowers and the city-wide or regional bank, which derives its business from local consumers, are considered. (MCW)
Date: November 1, 1979
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Special audit report on the Department of Energy`s Arms and military-type equipment

Description: Based on the activities associated with the recent recovery of the eight armored personnel carriers, a review was conducted of the Department`s controls over arms and military-type equipment in its possession. The objects were to determine whether (1) the quantity of arms and military-type equipment on hand was justified by mission needs, (2) inventory listings of arms were accurate, (3) property disposals were properly controlled and executed, and (4) loans and borrowed equipment were appropriate and accounted for accurately. The purpose of this report is to summarize the most significant issues identified and point out where the Department needs stronger controls over its inventory of arms and military-type property.
Date: February 1, 1996
Creator: Layton, J.C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Financial Assistance--Industries of the Future

Description: This 8-page brochure describes the Office of Industrial Technologies' financial assistance programs--National Industrial Competitiveness through Energy, Environment, and Economics (NICE3) and Inventions and Innovation (I and I). Cost-shared grants awarded by NICE3 provide up to $500,000 to industry-state partnerships for demonstrations of clean and energy-efficient technologies. I and I awards grants of up to $200,000 to inventors who are establishing technical performance or in the early stages of development or commercialization of energy-efficient technologies.
Date: January 24, 2001
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Utility investments in low-income energy-efficiency programs

Description: In the increasingly competitive utility industry, it is imperative that equity programs be as cost-effective as possible. In some cases, this is accomplished by working in partnership with government programs such as the US Department of Energy`s low-income Weatherization Assistance Program. This paper provides an overview of the DSM and conservation programs being operated by utilities for low-income customers and describes the types of utility-government partnerships that exist.
Date: June 1, 1995
Creator: Brown, M.A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Geothermal Loan Guaranty Program and its impact on geothermal exploration and development

Description: The study showed that the Geothermal Loan Guaranty Program has had only a negligible effect on geothermal development and the response to the program was far less than expected. The streamlining of environmental regulations and leasing policies, and the granting of intangible drilling cost write-offs and depletion allowances to operators would have had a greater impact on geothermal energy development. The loan guaranty program did not promote the undertaking of any new projects that would not have been undertaken without it. The program only accelerated the pace for some development which might have commenced in the future. Included in the study are recommendations for improving the operation of the program thereby increasing its attractiveness to potential applicants.
Date: May 1, 1978
Creator: Nasr, L.H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Conservation and renewable energy programs: Technical and financial assistance

Description: The US Department of Energy, Office of Technical and Financial Assistance (OTFA) promotes the application of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices by working cooperatively with state and local governments and private and nonprofit organizations, providing technical and financial assistance and serving as network for sharing information. This report is an overview of some of the programs designed to aid in solving our national energy problems.
Date: May 1, 1991
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Report to the Legislature on the California Energy Commission's Geothermal Development Grant Program for Local Governments

Description: This report documents the California Energy Commission's administration of its Geothermal Development Grant Program for Local Governments. The Energy Commission established this program as a result of the passage of Assembly Bill 1905 (Bosco) in 1980. This legislation established the mechanism to distribute the state's share of revenues received from the leasing of federal mineral reserves for geothermal development. The federal government deposits these revenues in the Geothermal Resources Development Account (GRDA) created by AB 1905. The state allocates funds from the GRDA to the California Parklands and Renewable Resources Investment Fund, the counties of origin where the federal leases are located, and the Energy Commission. The legislation further directs the Energy Commission to disburse its share as grants to local governments to assist with the planning and development of geothermal resources. Activities which are eligible for funding under the Energy Commission's grant program include resource development projects, planning and feasibility studies, and activities to mitigate the impacts of existing geothermal development.
Date: April 1, 1983
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Characterization of the Weatherization Assistance Program network

Description: The Characterization of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Network was designed to describe the national network of State and local agencies that provide WAP services to qualifying low-income households. The objective of this study was to profile the current WAP network. To achieve the objective, two national surveys were conducted: one survey collected data from 49 State WAP agencies (including the coterminous 48 States and the District of Columbia), and the second survey collected data from 920 (or 81 percent) of the local WAP agencies.
Date: February 1, 1992
Creator: Mihlmester, P.E.; Koehler, W.C. Jr.; Beyer, M.A. (Aspen Systems Corp., Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Applied Management Sciences Div.); Brown, M.A. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)) & Beschen, D.A. Jr. (Department of Energy, Washington, DC (United States). Office of Weatherization Assistance Programs)
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

How CEQA has streamlined the NEPA process for the DOE Geothermal Loan Guaranty Program

Description: Geothermal loan guaranties have been granted for nine projects located in the western United States, most of them in California where certain state and/or local agency actions are subject to environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) of 1970. Similarly, the federal action of granting a geothermal loan guaranty must be reviewed pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 to determine its impacts to the quality of the human environment. This paper traces the evolution of the relationship between the CEQA and NEPA environmental review processes, and focuses on the manner in which CEQA has streamlined the NEPA review for the DOE geothermal loan guaranty program. Two recently-prepared DOE environmental assessments are highlighted to describe the incorporation of CEQA analyses and documents into NEPA documents. 7 refs., 1 tab.
Date: January 1, 1985
Creator: Reed, A.W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department