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Changes Are Needed in the Proposed Departmental Review and Evaluation of the Puerto Rico Block Grant
CED-82-50: Published: Feb 24, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) proposed study of Puerto Rico's transition from the Food Stamp Program to the Puerto Rico Block Grant which is part of the USDA Nutritional Assistance Grant.GAO believes that the limited objectives of the preliminary study plans do not fully address the grant's primary objective to provide nutritional assistance t...
Millions Could Be Saved by Improving Integrity of the Food Stamp Program's Authorization-To-Participate System
CED-82-34: Published: Jan 29, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) use of the Authorization-to-Participate (ATP) system, the Food Stamp Program's principal benefit delivery method. The purpose of the review was to make a preliminary assessment of the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) efforts to ensure the integrity of the system, which will deliver about $8 billion of the estimated $10.6 billion in food stamp b...
More Can Be Done To Improve the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Donation Program
CED-81-83: Published: Jul 9, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1981.
In fiscal year 1980, state and local programs to feed students, the elderly, needy families, and others received over $900 million worth of food through the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commodity donation program. About 90 percent of the donated food was for the school lunch program administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Two other USDA agencies provide the commodities.USDA has...
Observations on Selected Aspects of School Lunch Program Administration
115342: May 22, 1981
A limited survey was conducted at three Pennsylvania school districts to obtain background information on selected aspects of school lunch program procedures for obtaining Federal reimbursement for lunches served.All 13 elementary schools in one of the districts used monthly milk consumption records to determine the number of free lunches served during the month. Using such records could affect th...
Analysis of Department of Agriculture Report on Fraud and Abuse in Child Nutrition Programs
CED-81-81: Published: Mar 9, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1981.
GAO was asked to analyze a recent joint report issued by the Department of Agriculture's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and Food and Nutrition Service on fraud and abuse in child nutrition programs. Specifically, GAO reviewed the school lunch program. The purpose of the review was to verify some of the OIG findings and dollar projections since the Food and Nutrition Service disputed their v...
Reduced Cost and Increased Competition for Printing Food Stamp Coupons
112926: Jul 25, 1980
Ways to explore the possibility of reducing costs and increasing competition for printing food stamp coupons have been suggested. In order to minimize the risk of counterfeiting food coupons, a relatively sophisticated and high cost printing process has been employed that provides a high level of coupon security but offers limited opportuntiy for competition. Over the past 8 years, redemptions of...
The Child Care Food Program
111912: Mar 26, 1980
The Child Care Food Program, one of several child nutrition programs funded and administered by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve the nutritional intake of the Nation's children, provides commodities and financial assistance to food service programs serving children in day care centers, headstart centers, centers for the handicapped, and family day care homes. The program, which oper...
Regulation of Retailers Authorized To Accept Food Stamps Should Be Strengthened
CED-78-183: Published: Dec 28, 1978. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1978.
The Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) authorizes and regulates retailers who participate in its food stamp program. Approximately 270,000 retailers are authorized to accept food stamps. In fiscal 1977, $8 billion worth of stamps were redeemed by 17 million participants.Criteria for authorization of retailers are unclear, and authorize such firms as pastry shops, gas sta...
No-Year Appropriations in the Department of Agriculture
PAD-78-74: Published: Sep 19, 1978. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1978.
During the past year, there has been an increased concern over the increases in unobligated balances in the government. An unobligated balance is that portion of budget authority that has not yet been obligated. The extent to which unobligated balances have been used for purposes other than those for which they were appropriated in the Department of Agriculture (USDA) was investigated.Unobligated...
Problems With the Emergency Food Stamp Program
105629: Mar 31, 1978
One of the harshest winters in recent history and other disaster situations resulted in the distribution of nearly $43 million of emergency food stamp benefits in fiscal year 1977. Program abuses were attributable largely to serious problems in program administration pointing out the need for better program guidance by the Food and Nutrition Service and better planning and control by State and loc...