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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...
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Livestock Assistance Program
OGC-99-40: Published: Apr 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) Livestock Assistance Program (LAP). GAO noted that: (1) the rule would provide new terms and conditions for LAP authorized in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1999; (2) in counties that have suffered a 40 percent or greater loss of...
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...
Food and Agriculture Issue Area Plan, Fiscal Years 1997-99: 1999 Update
IAP-98-12: Published: Jun 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1998.
GAO provided information on its Food and Agriculture issue area plan for fiscal years 1997 to 1999.GAO plans to examine ways to: (1) determine ways to promote the efficient delivery of food and nutrition assistance programs; (2) streamline the Department of Agriculture to improve efficiency in service delivery; reduce waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in agriculture programs; and promote the...
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: 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...
Emergency Disaster Farm Loans: Government's Financial Risk Could Be Reduced
RCED-96-80: Published: Mar 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1996.
GAO analyzed the financial condition of the Department of Agriculture's multi-billion dollar farm loan portfolio, focusing on: (1) the factors that contribute to the financial risk associated with these loans; and (2) the extent to which farmers attempted to minimize the need for farm loans by purchasing insurance to protect their farming operations.GAO found that: (1) since 1989, the Farm Service...
Disaster Assistance: Problems in Administering Payments for Nonprogram Crops
RCED-91-137: Published: Jun 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's procedures for administering disaster assistance to crop producers that did not have federal price supports, focusing on the: (1) Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's (ASCS) effectiveness in verifying producer-provided data; (2) methodology and supporting data state ASCS offices used to establish pay...