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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Workforce Decisions Could Benefit from Better Linkage to Missions and Use of Leading Practices
GAO-14-288: Published: Mar 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2014.
From fiscal years 2003 to 2012, the size of the workforces declined at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) service center agencies—the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Rural Development (RD). The size of USDA's service center agencies declined by a higher percentage from fiscal years 2011 to 2012 than the average annual percent decline from fi...
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...
USDA Reorganization: Progress Mixed in Modernizing the Delivery of Services
RCED-00-43: Published: Feb 3, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to modernize and reorganize its county-based agencies, focusing on: (1) identifying USDA's major reorganization and modernization initiatives for these agencies; (2) examining the progress USDA has made in completing these initiatives; and (3) identifying major issues impeding progress t...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Administrative Streamlining Is Expected to Continue Through 2002
RCED-99-34: Published: Dec 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) progress in streamlining its administrative operations, focusing on USDA's efforts to: (1) reduce the number of administrative staff departmentwide; (2) consolidate and streamline administrative support structures for seven field-based agencies, particularly at the state office level; and (3) me...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Status of Closing and Consolidating County Offices
T-RCED-98-250: Published: Jul 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the status of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) consolidation and closure of its county offices for three of its field-based organizations--the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development mission area, focusing on: (1) the data reported by USDA to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, a...
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...
Farm Programs: Conservation Compliance Provisions Could Be Made More Effective
RCED-90-206: Published: Sep 24, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) administration of the conservation compliance, sodbuster, and swampbuster provisions of Title XII of the Food Security Act.GAO found that: (1) the act protected only those erodible lands and wetlands that were farmed by USDA program participants, thereby leaving substantial areas unprotected; (2) USDA criteria...