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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Management Issues Remain Unresolved in the Market Promotion Program
T-GGD-92-25: Published: Mar 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1992.
GAO commented on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Market Promotion Program, focusing on: (1) program goals; (2) whether program regulations ensure sound fiscal management; and (3) USDA implementation of prior GAO recommendations. GAO noted that: (1) the Market Promotion Program's broad goals of development and expansion of agricultural exports can justify program support under any market sit...
International Trade: Agricultural Trade Offices' Role in Promoting U.S. Exports Is Unclear
NSIAD-92-65: Published: Jan 16, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) worldwide network of agricultural trade offices (ATO), focusing on: (1) ATO activities; (2) the criteria used to select ATO sites; (3) how well ATO carry out their market development mission; and (4) the adequacy of program management and operations.GAO found that: (1) ATO activities were generally consistent...
U.S. Efforts to Increase Exports of High Value Agricultural Products
T-NSIAD-91-43: Published: Jun 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1991.
GAO compared the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) approach to high-value product marketing with the approaches taken by its major competitors. GAO noted that: (1) although most foreign competitors spent less on high-value market development than the United States, they received a greater return on their marketing investment, by spending their funds in a highly targeted manner and using an integr...
Agricultural Trade: Cooperator Conflict of Interest Regulation Needs Strengthening
NSIAD-91-217: Published: May 22, 1991. Publicly Released: May 22, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) conflict-of-interest regulation for the Cooperator Foreign Market Development Program, and the restructuring of the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association's International Marketing Development Council (IMDC) effectively addressed conflict-of-interest situations for individual exporters.GAO found that:...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Strategic Marketing Needed to Lead Agribusiness in International Trade
RCED-91-22: Published: Jan 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 1991.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management of marketing strategies to support its role in the changing international marketplace.GAO found that: (1) the USDA production-oriented philosophy was not well suited for providing marketing leadership; (2) policymakers were attempting to reduce or eliminate trade barriers and create a flexible farm program to allow farmers to make plan...
Agricultural Trade: Improvements Needed in Management of Targeted Export Assistance Program
NSIAD-90-225: Published: Jun 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management of its Targeted Export Assistance (TEA) Program.GAO found that: (1) the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) was not adequately documenting the funding allocation decision process to clearly show how funding criteria were applied and ranked and the basis for those decisions; (2) commodity division staf...
International Trade: Review of FAS Attache Service
NSIAD-89-73: Published: Feb 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) attache activities, focusing on: (1) FAS overseas market development planning activities; and (2) attaches' role in reporting and coordinating FAS activities, overseas posting, and staff qualifications.GAO found that FAS: (1) generally considers present or potential mark...
Agricultural Trade Legislation: Title VI, H.R. 3
T-NSIAD-87-24: Published: Mar 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1987.
GAO discussed Title VI of the Trade and International Economic Policy Reform Act of 1987, which would significantly restructure and reorient the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management of agricultural trade. GAO believes that: (1) designating USDA as lead agency for agricultural trade and trade policy matters is unnecessary; (2) transferring the International Economic Division and the World...
International Trade: Review of Effectiveness of FAS Cooperator Market Development Program
NSIAD-87-89: Published: Mar 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of the cooperator programs that the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) implemented to develop, maintain, and expand foreign markets for U.S. agricultural commodities.GAO found that FAS has: (1) allowed cooperators to implement numerous and varied long-term programs and has placed few restricti...
The Export Enhancement Program, U.S. Foreign Agricultural Market Development Programs, CCC Export Credit Guarantee Programs, and L Term Bilateral Grain Agreements and Countertrade
131131: Sep 30, 1986
GAO discussed: (1) the status of the export enhancement program (EEP); (2) U.S. foreign market development efforts; (3) agricultural export credit programs; and (4) long-term grain agreements and countertrade. GAO noted that: (1) EEP is affecting the European Community by increasing competition, lowering affected commodity prices, increasing restitution, and contributing to additional dissent with...