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Management Letter: Recommendations for Improvements to USDA's Internal Controls and Policies on Premium Class Air Travel
GAO-08-85R: Published: Nov 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2007.
At the request of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, in September 2007 we reported on the governmentwide use of premium class travel. As part of the audit and related investigations, we tested premium class transactions at the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The purpose of this letter is to provide the Acting Secretary of...
Food Assistance: Reducing the Trafficking of Food Stamp Benefits
T-RCED-00-250: Published: Jul 19, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the improper trafficking of food stamp benefits, focusing on: (1) federal efforts to identify storeowners who engage in trafficking; (2) the amount of penalties assessed and collected against these storeowners; and (3) the extent to which states with statewide electronic benefit transfer (EBT) systems are identifying and disqualifying recipients w...
Rural Development: Rural Business--Cooperative Service's Lending and the Financial Condition of Its Loan Portfolio
RCED-99-10: Published: Jan 12, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) number and dollar value of business assistance loans approved by the Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS); (2) federal government's costs associated with the agency's loans; and (3) financial condition of the agency's loan portfolio, including the losses incurred.GAO noted that: (1) RBS approv...
Food Assistance: Reducing Food Stamp Benefit Overpayments and Trafficking
T-RCED-98-37: Published: Oct 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1997.
GAO discussed fraud, waste, and abuse in the Food Stamp Program, focusing on: (1) the nature and extent of the problem; (2) the roles and responsibilities of the major federal agencies involved in minimizing it; and (3) the potential of electronic benefits transfer (EBT), a system of benefit delivery that replaces the traditional food stamp coupons with a debit card, to reduce it.GAO noted that: (...
USDA: Certification Provisions of the Mickey Leland Childhood Hunger Relief Act
OGC-97-2: Published: Oct 31, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new rule on the certification provisions of the Childhood Hunger Relief Act. GAO found that: (1) the rule would change a number of certification provisions regarding household definition, the eligibility of certain children, certain General Assistance vendor payment exclusions, student earnings exclusions, t...
USDA: Food Stamp Program's Child Support Deduction
OGC-97-1: Published: Oct 31, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new rule on Food Stamp Program child support deductions. GAO found that: (1) the rule would add a deduction for household members who make legally obligated child support payments to or for an individual living outside of the household; (2) the deduction encourages payment of child support by increasing a ho...
[Comments on FmHA Employee's Claim for Real Estate Expenses]
B-248479: Published: Sep 18, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1992.
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Farmers Home Administration: Resolution of Loan Appeals
T-RCED-92-91: Published: Aug 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1992.
GAO discussed its review of the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) appeals process, focusing on: (1) the number of successful appellants on cases appealed to and remanded by the FmHA National Appeals Staff for reconsideration; (2) the timeliness of implementation of successful, remanded appeal cases; and (3) its views on proposed legislation that would reorganize FmHA. GAO noted that: (1) FmHA a...
Farmers Home Administration: Appeals of Farm and Housing Loan Decisions
T-RCED-91-59: Published: May 21, 1991. Publicly Released: May 21, 1991.
GAO discussed the appeals process for individuals dissatisfied with Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) farm, emergency, and rural housing loan decisions. GAO noted that: (1) 64 percent of 918 farmer loan program appeals had been heard by hearing officers, 21 percent were concluded or withdrawn without a hearing, and 15 percent had hearings pending; (2) 58 percent of 451 rural housing loan progra...
Review of Department of Agriculture Audits and Investigations of the Farmers Home Administration Activities in the State of Maine
CED-77-115: Published: Aug 5, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 1982.
The scope and thoroughness of the audits and investigations of the Farmers Home Administration activities in Maine by the Department of Agriculture's Office of Audit and Office of Investigation were complete and unrestricted. There were no indications that Agency headquarters officials were involved in or influenced the findings and conclusions reported by Agriculture auditors and investigators. I...