Federalism: Opportunities Exist to Improve Coordination and Consultation with State and Local Governments, Report to Congressional Requesters [open pdf - 413KB]
From the Highlights: "Federal programs fulfilling national goals in education, health care, transportation infrastructure, and homeland security, among other issues, are implemented through a complex partnership between federal, state, and local governments. E.O. 13132, 'Federalism', outlines principles and criteria to guide the formulation and implementation of policies and the appropriate division of responsibilities between levels of government. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review intergovernmental affairs activities at executive branch agencies. This report (1) identifies intergovernmental affairs offices' key responsibilities and activities at selected federal agencies and how these offices are organized, and (2) assesses state and local government officials' interaction with intergovernmental affairs offices, including their reported strengths and challenges."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/