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Food Assistance: Reducing Food Stamp Benefit Overpayments and Trafficking
T-RCED-98-37: Published: Oct 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1997.
GAO discussed fraud, waste, and abuse in the Food Stamp Program, focusing on: (1) the nature and extent of the problem; (2) the roles and responsibilities of the major federal agencies involved in minimizing it; and (3) the potential of electronic benefits transfer (EBT), a system of benefit delivery that replaces the traditional food stamp coupons with a debit card, to reduce it.GAO noted that: (...
Rural Development: Availability of Capital for Agriculture, Business, and Infrastructure
RCED-97-109: Published: May 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the availability of capital in rural America for agriculture, business, and community infrastructure, focusing on: (1) whether rural borrowers have difficulty in obtaining access to capital; (2) whether rural borrowers have adequate knowledge of the availability of financial assistance; and (3) what potential alternatives may be used to improve the...
Food Stamp Program: Characteristics of Households Affected by Limit on the Shelter Deduction
RCED-97-118: Published: May 14, 1997. Publicly Released: May 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the legislative changes to the Food Stamp Program mandated by the 1996 welfare reform act; focusing on, for fiscal year (FY) 1995, the: (1) characteristics of households whose food stamp benefits were limited because of the cap on their deduction for excess shelter expenses; and (2) extent to which food stamp benefits would have been higher for the...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Analysis of Budgets, Fiscal Years 1997-98
RCED-97-135R: Published: May 5, 1997. Publicly Released: May 5, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) appropriation for fiscal year (FY) 1997 and budget request for FY 1998 for selected budget accounts, focusing on potential rescissions to USDA's appropriation for FY 1997 and potential reductions or deferrals to USDA's budget request for FY 1998.GAO noted that: (1) about $3 billion of the budget authority appropriated for the Food Stamp Program i...
Food Safety: Procedures for Inspecting Canadian Meat Imports
T-RCED-97-121: Published: Apr 2, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the U.S. system for inspecting Canadian meat imports, focusing on the: (1) Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) system for selecting and inspecting imported meat products; (2) availability of equipment at import inspection facilities along the Canadian border that would enable the full inspection of meat shipped in trucks; and (3) effective...
Food Stamps: Substantial Overpayments Result From Prisoners Counted as Household Members
RCED-97-54: Published: Mar 10, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1997.
GAO provided information on Food Stamp Program overpayments, focusing on: (1) how many prisoners were included as members of households that received food stamp benefits, hereafter referred to as prisoner participation, and the estimated value of improper benefits that were issued to the households; (2) how prisoner participation could take place without detection; and (3) whether computer matchin...
Commodity Programs: Impact of Support Provisions on Selected Commodity Prices
RCED-97-45: Published: Feb 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of support provisions on selected commodity prices, focusing on: (1) whether marketing loan provisions prevent loan rates from acting as price floors and whether they allow U.S. prices to fall to levels closer to world prices; (2) the effect lower loan rates would have on the relationship between U.S. and world prices; (3) the affect of...
Farm Programs: Efforts to Achieve Equitable Treatment of Minority Farmers
RCED-97-41: Published: Jan 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) efforts to conduct farm programs in an equitable manner, focusing on: (1) FSA efforts to treat minority farmers in the same way as nonminority farmers in delivering program services; (2) minority representation in county office staffing and on county committees in the counties with the highest numbers of minority far...
Farm Service Agency: Update on the Farm Loan Portfolio
RCED-97-35: Published: Jan 3, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided selected information on the direct and guaranteed farm loan programs administered by the Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA), focusing on the: (1) levels of outstanding principal on active loans and amounts owed by delinquent borrowers as of September 30, 1996, compared with similar data as of September 30, 1995; and (2) losses on...
USDA: Certification Provisions of the Mickey Leland Childhood Hunger Relief Act
OGC-97-2: Published: Oct 31, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new rule on the certification provisions of the Childhood Hunger Relief Act. GAO found that: (1) the rule would change a number of certification provisions regarding household definition, the eligibility of certain children, certain General Assistance vendor payment exclusions, student earnings exclusions, t...