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Department of Agriculture: Improvements in the Operations of the Civil Rights Program Would Benefit Hispanic and Other Minority Farmers
GAO-02-942: Published: Sep 20, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2002.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) runs a direct loan program that provides loans to farmers who are unable to obtain private commercial credit to buy and operate farms. FSA is required to administer this program in a fair, unbiased manner. GAO found that during fiscal years 2000 and 2001, FSA averaged 4 days longer to process loan applications from Hispanic farmers than it did for non-Hispanic farmers...
Federal Student Aid: Additional Management Improvements Would Clarify Strategic Direction and Enhance Accountability
GAO-02-255: Published: Apr 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2002.
The Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) administers more than $53 billion in financial aid for more than 8.1 million students. Since 1990, GAO has included student financial aid on its high-risk list. To address these and other long-standing management weaknesses, Congress established FSA as a performance-based organization (PBO) within Education in 1998. To develop and i...
Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996: Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency Has Not Yet Fully Implemented Certain Key Provisions
GAO-02-463: Published: Mar 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2002.
The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 seeks to maximize the collection of billions of dollars of nontax delinquent debt owed to the federal government. The act requires agencies to refer eligible debts delinquent more than 180 days to the Department of the Treasury for payment offset and to Treasury or a Treasury-designated debt collection center for cross-servicing. The Treasury Offset Prog...
Agricultural Conservation: Survey of USDA State Technical Committee Members
GAO-02-371SP: Published: Mar 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2002.
This report presents the views of members of state technical committees on (1) the effectiveness of USDA's conservation efforts in addressing environmental concerns related to agriculture, (2) any program elements that hinder the achievement of related environmental objectives, and (3) any program characteristics that current or new programs might include to better meet these objectives. GAO summa...
Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996: Department of Agriculture Faces Challenges Implementing Certain Key Provisions
GAO-02-277T: Published: Dec 5, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2001.
The testimony discusses debt collection efforts by two major components at the Department of Agriculture--the Rural Housing Service (RHS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 requires agencies to (1) notify the Department of the Treasury of debts more than 180 days delinquent for the purposes of administrative offset against any amounts that might otherwis...
Dairy Industry: Estimated Economic Impacts of Dairy Compacts
GAO-01-866: Published: Sep 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2001.
U.S. dairy farmers produced 167.7 billion pounds of unprocessed, raw milk in 2000. Federal and state dairy programs influence the minimum prices paid to farmers for raw milk. These prices are based on how the raw milk is to be used. Minimum prices set for raw milk to be used for making drinking milk (fluid milk) are higher than those for milk used for manufacturing cheese, butter, and other dair...
Farm Programs: Information on Recipients of Federal Payments
GAO-01-606: Published: Jun 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2001.
Payments to farmers under federal farm programs have reached an historic high--over $20 billion in fiscal year 2000. Nearly half of U.S. farms are receiving payments for income or price support purposes and/or for engaging in activities such as land conservation. These payments, in total, made up almost one-half of net farm income in fiscal year 2000. Despite the annual influx of billions of feder...
Farm Loan Programs: Improvements in the Loan Portfolio but Continued Monitoring Needed
GAO-01-732T: Published: May 16, 2001. Publicly Released: May 16, 2001.
This testimony discusses the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) farm loan programs, which are run by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). GAO (1) provides an overview of the financial condition of FSA's farm loan portfolio as of September 30, 2000 and (2) explains its decision to remove the farm programs from its high-risk list. GAO found that FSA had more than $16.6 billion in outstanding farm loans as...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Resolution of Discrimination Complaints Involving Farm Credit and Payment Programs
GAO-01-521R: Published: Apr 12, 2001. Publicly Released: May 14, 2001.
Discrimination complaints by minority farmers who were denied benefits under the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) farm assistance programs have been a long-standing issue. In 1997, a group of African-American farmers consolidated their claims of racial discrimination in farm lending and benefit programs into one class action suit against USDA. In April 1999, a federal district court approved a c...
Farm Service Agency: Updated Status of the Multibillion-Dollar Farm Loan Portfolio
GAO-01-202: Published: Jan 10, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 2001.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) within the Department of Agriculture provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who are unable to obtain commercial credit at reasonable rates and terms. FSA provides direct government-funded loans and repayment guarantees on farm loans made by commercial lenders. During the 1990s, GAO issued a series of reports highlighting the substantial financial risk a...