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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...
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...
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...
Information Security: Software Change Controls at the Department of Agriculture
AIMD-00-186R: Published: Jun 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed software change controls at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), focusing on: (1) whether key controls as described in agency policies and procedures regarding software change authorization, testing, and approval complied with federal guidance; and (2) the extent to which agencies contracted for year 2000 remediation of mission-critical systems an...
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Agricultural Disaster and Market Assistance
OGC-00-36: Published: Jun 21, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) major rule on the distribution of Agricultural Disaster and Market Assistance. GAO noted that: (1) the interim and final rules, in part, implement statutory provisions related to cottonseed market loss, a competitiveness program for extra long staple cotton, warehouse-stored tobacco loss assistance, pastur...
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Farm Storage Facility Loan Program
OGC-00-31: Published: May 24, 2000. Publicly Released: May 24, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) new rule on the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program. GAO noted that: (1) the rule implements CCC's Farm Storage Facility Loan Program utilizing authority in the CCC Charter Act; (2) the program will provide financing for producers to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities; and (3) CCC complie...
Commodity Credit Corporation: 1998 Single-Year and Multi-Year Crop Loss Disaster Assistance Program
OGC-99-48: Published: May 27, 1999. Publicly Released: May 27, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) new rule on the 1998 Single-Year and Multi-Year Crop Loss Disaster Assistance Program. GAO noted that: (1) the rule sets forth the terms and conditions of the 1998 Single-Year and Multi-Year Crop Loss Disaster Assistance Program; (2) the purpose of the program is to provide payments to eligible producers w...