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Nutrition Monitoring: Data Serve Many Purposes, But Users Recommend Improvements
PEMD-95-15: Published: Jun 20, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Program (NNMRRP), focusing on the: (1) users and major uses of nutrition monitoring data; (2) users' satisfaction with selected nutrition monitoring activities; and (3) changes that users identified to increase their use of or confidence in nutrition monitoring data.GAO found that: (1) the 440...
Food Nutrition: Better Guidance Needed to Improve Reliability of USDA's Food Composition Data
RCED-94-30: Published: Oct 25, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Human Nutrition Information Service's (HNIS) compilation of food composition data, focusing on the: (1) criteria and procedures used to ensure the reliability of food composition data; and (2) coordination and exchange of food composition data with other countries and international groups that maintain similar databases.GAO found that: (1) some...
Agricultural Research: Refocusing Priorities to Meet Current Concerns
T-RCED-94-45: Published: Oct 7, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1993.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) implementation of its research priorities, focusing on: (1) the USDA research structure and budget; (2) past and current agricultural research objectives; and (3) factors that inhibit the refocusing of the research agenda. GAO noted that: (1) USDA research and funding levels are controlled and coordinated by the Secretary of Agriculture and dist...
USDA Research and Extension Agencies: Missions, Structures, and Budgets
RCED-93-74FS: Published: Feb 18, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the missions, programs, organizational structures, and staffing and funding of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the Cooperative State Research Service (CSRS), the Extension Service (ES), and the Soil Conservation Service (SCS).GAO found that: (1) ARS serves as a research agency for the Department of Agriculture and has acquir...
Department of Agriculture: Mismanagement of Nationwide Food Consumption Survey
T-RCED-92-7: Published: Oct 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) mismanagement of the Nationwide Food Consumption Survey. GAO noted that: (1) such data collection problems as low household response rates, complex and lengthy questions, deviation from the planned survey design, lax data quality controls, and inadequate interviewer training adversely impacted the survey's results; (2) the Human Nutrition Inform...
Nutrition Monitoring: Mismanagement of Nutrition Survey Has Resulted in Questionable Data
RCED-91-117: Published: Jul 26, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Human Nutrition Information Service's (HNIS) 1987-88 Nationwide Food Consumption Survey (NFCS), focusing on the: (1) methodological soundness of the 1987-88 survey; and (2) effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture's management of the contractor hired to conduct the survey.GAO found that: (1) flaws in the methodology of the 1987-88 survey,...
Plant Germplasm: A Data Collection Framework and Questionnaire
PEMD-91-5B: Published: Oct 10, 1990. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 1990.
GAO examined the Agricultural Research Service's management of plant germplasm stores and presented its design of a new method for obtaining more and complete information to improve such management.GAO noted that its data collection framework and questionnaire, intended to obtain information about germplasm resources from plant scientists in the United States and foreign countries, included such c...
Food Safety and Quality: USDA Initiatives Regarding Aflatoxin Research
RCED-90-205FS: Published: Aug 15, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided: (1) information on aflatoxin research funded as part of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) fiscal year (FY) 1990 appropriation; (2) financial data on each of the subject ARS research projects; and (3) a comprehensive overview of USDA aflatoxin research efforts.GAO found that: (1) in FY 1989, ARS designed 11...
Biotechnology: Analysis of Federally Funded Research
RCED-86-187: Published: Aug 8, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO analyzed data on federal support for biotechnology research in fiscal year 1985 at five federal agencies, specifically the amount of money obligated and the number of projects funded for: (1) agencywide activity for research and development; (2) biotechnology-related research; and (3) biotechnology risk assessment research. GAO also analyzed the agencies...
Biotechnology: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Biotechnology Research Efforts
RCED-86-39BR: Published: Oct 25, 1985. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on the extent of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) biotechnology research efforts at USDA research facilities and USDA-funded facilities at state agriculture experiment stations and universities.GAO found that USDA is partially or wholly funding 778 biotechnology research projects at a cost of $40.5 million. State agricultural experiment st...