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Farm Programs: Service to Farmers Will Likely Change as Farm Service Agency Continues to Reduce Staff and Close Offices
RCED-98-136: Published: May 1, 1998. Publicly Released: May 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of actual and proposed staff reductions and office closings by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) on the quality of service to farmers.GAO noted that: (1) FSA's staff reductions and office closures to date do not appear to have affected the quality of service provided to farmers; (2) according to the Department of Agriculture's 1997 customer...
Tobacco: Issues Surrounding a National Tobacco Settlement
RCED-98-110: Published: Apr 15, 1998. Publicly Released: May 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed issues surrounding a proposed national tobacco settlement, focusing on: (1) tobacco-related industries and existing studies that assess the national and regional economic impacts of the tobacco industry; (2) smoking trends for United States and Canadian youths; (3) the potential effect of a settlement on state revenues from cigarette excise taxes;...
Commodity Credit Corporation: Information on the Availability, Use, and Management of Funds
RCED-98-114: Published: Apr 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds are spent and controlled, focusing on: (1) how much money CCC had available and spent in fiscal years (FY) 1996 and 1997, including the sources of these funds and the programs and activities for which they were used; (2) the management practices used to control CCC funds; (3) whether CCC's...
Farm Programs: Administrative Requirements Reduced and Further Program Delivery Changes Possible
RCED-98-98: Published: Apr 20, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the administrative requirements placed on farmers participating in the revamped farm programs, as well as the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efficiency in delivering program services to farmers, focusing on the: (1) extent to which the changes to the farm programs resulting from the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 have re...
Unfunded Mandates: Reform Act Has Had Little Effect on Agencies' Rulemaking Actions
GGD-98-30: Published: Feb 4, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agencies' implementation of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA), focusing on what effect title II of UMRA has had on agencies' rulemaking actions.GAO noted that: (1) the enactment of title II of UMRA appears to have had only limited direct impact on agencies' rulemaking actions in the first 2 years since its implementation; (2)...
Farm Programs: Impact of the 1996 Farm Act on County Office Workload
RCED-97-214: Published: Aug 19, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 on the Farm Service Agency's county office workload.GAO noted that: (1) because of the limited availability of the Farm Service Agency's fiscal year (FY) 1997 actual workload data and changes in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's program and organizational structure resultin...
Federal Downsizing: Buyouts at the Farm Service Agency
GGD-97-133: Published: Jul 23, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed voluntary separation incentives or "buyouts" at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), focusing on: (1) whether FSA's fiscal year (FY) 1997 buyout program was planned in accordance with legal requirements; (2) whether the decision to grant buyouts was based on a well-supported cost and savings analysis; and (3) the results of the FY 1997 buyouts, including...
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Environmental Quality Incentives Program
OGC-97-50: Published: Jun 12, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) new rule on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). GAO noted that: (1) the final rule would establish EQIP to assume the functions of the repealed Agricultural Conservation, the Great Plains Conservation, the Water Quality Incentives, and the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Programs and...
Defense Financial Management: Immature Software Development Processes at Indianapolis Increase Risk
AIMD-97-41: Published: Jun 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Financial Systems Activity (FSA)-Indianapolis' capability for developing and maintaining software for its information systems.GAO noted that: (1) although FSA-Indianapolis does not yet satisfy the criteria for a level 2 (i.e., repeatable) software development capability on any of the four projects GAO reviewed, the two projects under its soft...
Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency: Amendments to the Peanut Poundage Quota Regulations
OGC-97-49: Published: May 30, 1997. Publicly Released: May 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) new rule on amendments to the peanut poundage quota regulations. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would implement the provisions of the Agricultural Market Transition Act of 1996 regarding the federal farm peanut poundage quotas for the 1996 through 2002 crops of peanuts; (2) the amendments adopted in this final rule p...