If you look at the comments, it turns out that in Region 1, 36% of projects that can be appealed are appealed, and 87% of those that can be objected to are objected to.
I reviewed this GAO report’s predecessor prior to its publication (and they did not incorporate my comments in the final report). I was concerned at the time that the conclusions were a function of the scale. To me, to be fair reporting, if results vary by spatial scale you would carefully talk about that in the narrative.
To imply that nationally there is no problem, so complaining is unfounded, when one or more regions has a problem seems arbitrary. Based on that logic, if one of your family has serious health issues, but the rest don’t, you can’t shouldn’t be complaining about the health care system.. after all if you take the average for your family, it works. It’s a framing or judgment call.. is it a problem if any of your children have a problem, or is it only a problem once you average them all out?
In Region 1 that older study showed that 48% were appealed and 90% of appealable decisions were appealed. If you had been there, your world would have been full of appeals.