Improving Oversight and Compliance with Federal and State Environmental Regulations for New Mexico's Community Development Block Grant Program

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Environmental Policy And Management

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Policy And Management


Environmental Policy And Management


Steven Bissell


New Mexico; Environmental Compliance; Environmental protection -- Management -- New Mexico; Federal aid to community development -- Management; HUD Oversight and Monitoring; NEPA; Project management -- New Mexico; Small Cities CDBG Program


New Mexico's Department of Finance & Administration-Local Government Division is responsible for ensuring CDBG recipient compliance with State and Federal regulations. In October 2003, concerns regarding compliance were identified by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Continued compliance issues may result in reduction of future funding awards to the State. In personal interviews, project managers responded they lacked knowledge to adequately evaluate EIDs. DFA-LGD receives a portion of the annual funding to provide technical assistance to CDBG program participants, and therefore has a responsibility to provide sufficient guidance. DFA-LGD needs to invest in regular project manager training to enhance project oversight. Furthermore, it would be advantageous to establish mechanisms by which project managers can access information from technical agencies.

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