Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration:

Competitive Grant Programs Managed Consistently with Relevant Regulations, but Monitoring Could Be Improved

GAO-18-303: Published: Feb 22, 2018. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 2018.

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The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program, part of the Fish and Wildlife Service, awarded $54 million in FY 2016 in competitive grants for projects ranging from building boat docks to acquiring wetlands.

We looked at WSFR’s process for awarding and monitoring grants through five competitive grant programs it manages. Our review found that, although WSFR's process was consistent with federal regulations, some performance reports WSFR uses to monitor grants were missing required information. We recommended that WSFR develop a standardized way to collect required information to ensure effective oversight.

(This photo was updated to show an example of a dock that was eligible for one of the grant programs.)

One of the grant programs WSFR manages helps support construction of boat docks, such as this one in Washington, D.C.