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Housing Assistance: Opportunities Exist to Increase Collaboration and Consider Consolidation
GAO-12-554: Published: Aug 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2012.
Housing assistance is fragmented across 160 programs and activities. Overlap exists for some products offered, service delivery, and geographic areas served by selected programsparticularly in the Department of Agricultures (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) and Department of Housing and Urban Developments (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA). For instance, RHS, FHA, and the Department...
Disaster Assistance: USDA and SBA Could Do More to Help Aquaculture and Nursery Producers
GAO-12-844: Published: Sep 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2012.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) have 10 disaster assistance programs that small agricultural producers and businesses that support agriculture can use to recover from natural disasters. These programs serve largely different populations but leave few gaps in the disaster assistance available to most small agricultura...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Progress toward Implementing GAO's Civil Rights Recommendations
GAO-12-976R: Published: Aug 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2012.
In summary, as of August 2012, USDA had fully addressed three of our recommendations, made significant progress toward addressing two, and made some progress toward addressing one.Why GAO Did This StudyFor decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been the focus of federal inquiries into allegations of discrimination against minorities and women both in the programs it administers and...
Entrepreneurial Assistance: Opportunities Exist to Improve Programs' Collaboration, Data-Tracking, and Performance Management
GAO-12-819: Published: Aug 23, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2012.
Federal efforts to support entrepreneurs are fragmented--including among 52 programs at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Commerce, and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). All overlap with at least one other program in terms of the type of assistance they are authorized to offer, such as financial (grants and loans) and technical (training and couns...
Federal Fleets: Overall Increase in Number of Vehicles Masks That Some Agencies Decreased Their Fleets
GAO-12-780: Published: Aug 2, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2012.
Since fiscal year 2005, the number of federal non-postal civilian and non-tactical military vehicles has increased about 7 percent, from about 420,000 to 449,000 vehicles. However, from fiscal year 2005 to 2011, some agencies decreased their fleets, and the change in fleet size from agency to agency varied considerably. For example, one-third of the agencies (8 of 24) with the largest number of ve...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: USDA Has Enhanced Technical Assistance for Farmers and Fishermen, but Steps Are Needed to Better Evaluate Program Effectiveness
GAO-12-731: Published: Jul 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2012.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified relatively few commodities under its Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers program, as reauthorized by the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009, but provided assistance to most individual farmers and fishermen who produced certified commodities and applied for assistance. Specifically, USDA certified 5 of the 18 commo...
Information Technology Cost Estimation: Agencies Need to Address Significant Weaknesses in Policies and Practices
GAO-12-629: Published: Jul 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2012.
While the eight agencies GAO reviewedthe Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, and Veterans Affairs, and the Environmental Protection Agencyvaried in the extent to which their cost-estimating policies and procedures addressed best practices, most had significant weaknesses. For example, six of the eight agencies had established a clear requir...
Information Technology Reform: Progress Made but Future Cloud Computing Efforts Should be Better Planned
GAO-12-756: Published: Jul 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2012.
The selected federal agencies have made progress implementing the Office of Management and Budgets (OMB) Cloud First policy. Consistent with this policy, each of the seven agencies incorporated cloud computing requirements into their policies and processes. For example, one agency had incorporated a review of its information technology (IT) investment portfolio to identify candid...
Farm Programs: Direct Payments Should Be Reconsidered
GAO-12-640: Published: Jul 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 2012.
From 2003 through 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made more than $46 billion in direct payments to farmers and other producers. These producers planted varying percentages of acres that qualified for payments based on their historical planting yields and designated payment rates (qualifying acres). Cumulatively, USDA paid $10.6 billionalmost one-fourth of total direct payment...
Nonpoint Source Water Pollution: Greater Oversight and Additional Data Needed for Key EPA Water Program
GAO-12-335: Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2012.
Under section 319 of the Clean Water Act, state-selected projects to reduce nonpoint source pollution have helped restore more than 350 impaired water bodies since 2000, but other projects have encountered significant challenges. According to GAO survey results, 28 percent of projects did not achieve all objectives originally identified in the project proposal (e.g., implementing the desired numbe...