GAO Report on Federal Agencies’ HABs Related Expenditures and Coordination 

The GAO has released a report entitled, Environmental Protection: Information on Federal Agencies’ Expenditures and Coordination Related to Harmful Algae.  The report examines how much federal agencies expended on these activities from fiscal years 2013 through 2015; and how federal agencies coordinate their activities with each other and with nonfederal stakeholders. In the report, GAO found that, “Twelve federal agencies reported expending an estimated total of roughly $101 million from fiscal years 2013 through 2015 to fund various research, monitoring, and other activities related to harmful algae…blooms in marine or freshwater environments.” In addition, GAO found that federal agencies are coordinating with each other and with other stakeholders to share information, expertise, and opportunities for collaboration; and are participating in groups, and task forces, and coordination efforts led by federal agencies, states, international organizations, or academics.  For more information and to read the report, visit the GAO website.

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