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Food Assistance: Alternatives for Delivering Benefits
T-RCED-95-202: Published: May 23, 1995. Publicly Released: May 23, 1995.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) food assistance programs, focusing on: (1) alternative delivery systems for Food Stamp Program benefits; and (2) potential alternatives to streamline program operations and reduce costs in other food assistance programs. GAO noted that: (1) the alternatives to the current coupon-based system for delivering Food Stamp Program benefits are cash-ou...
Agricultural Marketing: Comparative Analysis of U.S. and Foreign Promotion and Research Programs
RCED-95-171: Published: Apr 28, 1995. Publicly Released: May 19, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on U.S. and foreign promotion and research programs that are designed to increase domestic and foreign sales of agricultural products, focusing on: (1) how U.S. check-off programs are planned and organized; and (2) how comparable marketing organizations in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom carry out their agricultu...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Foreign-Owned Exporters' Participation in the Export Enhancement Program
GGD-95-127: Published: May 11, 1995. Publicly Released: May 11, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the participation of foreign-owned companies in the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) Export Enhancement Program (EEP).GAO found that: (1) foreign exporters' participation in EEP is consistent with the program's basic objectives of discouraging other countries' unfair trade practices and increasing the competitiveness of U.S. agricultural commod...
Farm Loans: Actions Needed to Safeguard Taxpayers' Interests
T-RCED-95-147: Published: Mar 31, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the risks associated with the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) farm loan programs. GAO noted that: (1) FmHA farm loan programs have resulted in $12.5 billion in losses of taxpayer dollars; (2) about 98 percent of these losses have occurred in the direct loan program; (3) the FmHA loan portfolio totalled $18 billion as of September 1994; (4) 26...
Food Assistance Programs
RCED-95-115R: Published: Feb 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) domestic food and nutrition assistance programs, focusing on those programs that target benefits to women, children, infants, the elderly, and the needy. GAO noted that: (1) USDA food assistance programs constitute about 60 percent of the USDA budget and the Food Stamp Program accounts for more than one-half o...
Food Assistance: Reducing Benefit Overpayments in the Food Stamp Program
T-RCED-95-94: Published: Feb 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1995.
GAO discussed benefit overpayments in the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Stamp Program. GAO noted that: (1) although the Food Stamp Program is under the Food and Consumer Service's (FCS) jurisdiction, states are responsible for carrying out the actual day-to-day administration and operation of the Food Stamp Program; (2) FCS uses the Food Stamp Program Quality Control System to help monit...
High Risk Series: Farm Loan Programs
HR-95-9: Published: Feb 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) management of its farm loan programs and properties obtained as a result of loan defaults, focusing on FmHA efforts to correct problems in these loan programs.GAO found that: (1) although FmHA has taken steps to correct some problems in its farm loan programs such as providing credit and financial analysis training to field officers to improve...
Rural Housing: Shift to Guaranteed Program Can Benefit Borrowers and Reduce Government's Exposure
RCED/AIMD-95-63: Published: Dec 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) single-family housing loan program, focusing on the merits of allowing borrowers to refinance their direct and guaranteed loans at lower interest rates.GAO found that: (1) as of September 30, 1994, the FmHA loan portfolio contained about 765,000 direct loans for single-family housing with an outstanding...
Farmers Home Administration: The Guaranteed Farm Loan Program Could Be Managed More Effectively
RCED-95-9: Published: Nov 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1994.
GAO reviewed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) guaranteed farm loan program, focusing on: (1) the extent of losses under the guaranteed loan program compared with those under the FmHA direct loan program; (2) the extent to which the guaranteed loan program has graduated FmHA direct loan borrowers to commercial credit; and (3) ways to make the guaranteed farm loan program more of a source fo...
Debt Settlements: FmHA Can Do More to Collect on Loans and Avoid Losses
RCED-95-11: Published: Oct 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1994.
GAO reviewed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) debt settlements, focusing on: (1) how well FmHA protects government interests during debt settlements; and (2) additional FmHA loans to borrowers whose previous debts were forgiven.GAO found that: (1) FmHA is not adequately protecting government interests during debt settlements; (2) FmHA wrote off about $3.4 billion in outstanding farm loans...