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Food Assistance: USDA's Multiprogram Approach
RCED-94-33: Published: Nov 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's food assistance programs, focusing on: (1) the strengths and weaknesses of the current multiprogram approach; and (2) alternative approaches for delivering food assistance.GAO found that: (1) in fiscal year 1992, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and state agencies jointly operated 14 programs that...
Food Assistance: School Milk Contract Bid-Rigging
RCED-93-5: Published: Oct 16, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined bid-rigging on school milk contracts, focusing on: (1) problems with agricultural laws or administration which allowed bid-rigging to occur; and (2) the possible influence of the Capper-Volstead Act on bid-rigging.GAO found that: (1) milk contract bid rigging can be attributed to illegal business practices, but not legal deficiencies; (2) the Justi...
Food Assistance: Processing of USDA Commodities Donated to the National School Lunch Program
RCED-92-67: Published: Dec 31, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 31, 1991.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the processing of commodities donated by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to states and schools participating in the National School Lunch Program, focusing on: (1) the extent to which states contract with food processing companies to process commodities into table-ready products; (2) differences in state processing requirement...
Department of Agriculture: Mismanagement of Nationwide Food Consumption Survey
T-RCED-92-7: Published: Oct 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) mismanagement of the Nationwide Food Consumption Survey. GAO noted that: (1) such data collection problems as low household response rates, complex and lengthy questions, deviation from the planned survey design, lax data quality controls, and inadequate interviewer training adversely impacted the survey's results; (2) the Human Nutrition Inform...
Food Assistance: USDA's Implementation of Legislated Commodity Distribution Reforms
RCED-90-12: Published: Dec 5, 1989. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) implementation of legislated commodity distribution reforms at the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), and Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS).GAO found that: (1) USDA had implemented 25 of 31 legislated reforms by May 1989; (2) USDA attributed delay...
Food Stamp Program: Progress and Problems in Using 75-Percent Funding for Automation
RCED-88-58: Published: Apr 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) Food Stamp Program to determine: (1) what state information retrieval systems FNS had approved for 75-percent funding from fiscal year (FY) 1981 through FY 1986; and (2) whether the approved systems or projects complied with legislative mandates and met general functional...
Health and Nutrition: Collection of Vital Statistical Data on Hispanics
HRD-88-68BR: Published: Mar 18, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the sampling plans of four national surveys, specifically their health and nutrition data on Hispanics.GAO found that: (1) the surveys included too few minority group members to allow separate nationally projectable estimates of their health or nutritional condition; (2) to overcome this lack of data, two of the surveys oversampled Hispanics, an...
Internal Controls: Food and Nutrition Service Lacks Effective Controls
AFMD-88-16: Published: Mar 18, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1988.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) accounting operations to: (1) determine whether its controls, systems, and procedures were effective; and (2) identify any internal and accounting control weaknesses.GAO found that FNS: (1) had several areas of internal control weaknesses, including undocumented and unauthorized transactions, incorrect and untimely tra...
Food Stamp Program: Evaluation of Improper Denial or Termination Error Rates
RCED-88-12: Published: Oct 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the accuracy of Maryland's and Illinois's reporting of improper denial or termination error rates under the Food Stamp Program for fiscal year (FY) 1985.GAO found that: (1) Illinois and Maryland detected 40 and 15 percent, respectively, of the improper denials or terminations that it found; (2) projected error rates were 22.5 percent for Illinois a...
Benefit Overpayments: Recoveries Could Be Increased in the Food Stamp and AFDC Programs
RCED-86-17: Published: Mar 14, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1986.
GAO reviewed the Food Stamp and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) programs to: (1) examine how state and local collection offices use such collection methods as recoupment to recover overpayment claims; and (2) identify specific actions that would increase collections. The programs are operated by the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the Departme...