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USDA: Food Stamp Program's Child Support Deduction
OGC-97-1: 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 Food Stamp Program child support deductions. GAO found that: (1) the rule would add a deduction for household members who make legally obligated child support payments to or for an individual living outside of the household; (2) the deduction encourages payment of child support by increasing a ho...
Commodity Programs: Freedom-to-Farm Approach Will Reduce USDA's Personnel Costs
RCED-96-116: Published: May 22, 1996. Publicly Released: May 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the personnel reductions that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) could have achieved if Congress had implemented the freedom-to-farm provisions of H.R. 2195 and the proposed Balanced Budget Act.GAO noted that: (1) under H.R. 2195, the freedom-to-farm provisions would have reduced the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) personnel by 1,823 staff years and...
Food Safety: New Initiatives Would Fundamentally Alter the Existing System
RCED-96-81: Published: Mar 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the federal food safety system, focusing on recent federal initiatives to improve meat, poultry, and seafood safety.GAO found that: (1) the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are primarily responsible for regulating food safety; (2) both agencies inspect meat, poultry, and seafood pla...
National Export Strategy
NSIAD-96-132R: Published: Mar 26, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee's (TPCC) progress toward establishing a govermentwide strategy for promoting U.S. exports. GAO noted that: (1) TPCC continues to identify U.S. export promotion priorities in terms of export markets, programs, and policies; (2) TPCC uses the Department of Commerce's Big Emerging Markets strategy to prioriti...
Food Stamp Program: Achieving Cost Neutrality in Minnesota's Family Investment Program
RCED-96-54: Published: Feb 12, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 1996.
GAO examined the methodologies that Minnesota used for estimating the costs that would have been incurred if it had not implemented the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), focusing on whether: (1) Minnesota implemented the agreed-upon methodologies; (2) Minnesota reasonably estimated fiscal year (FY) 1994 Food Stamp Program costs; and (3) the Department of Agriculture (USDA) paid Minnesota...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Foreign Agriculture Service Could Benefit from Better Strategic Planning
GGD-95-225: Published: Sep 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) to determine if FAS uses its resources in the most effective manner to accomplish its mission.GAO found that: (1) FAS long-term agricultural trade strategy (LATS) and country marketing plans lack the specificity and measurable goals that are necessary to establish priorities and allocate resources efficiently a...
Impoundments: Fiscal Year 1995 Funds Proposed for Rescission, but Not Approved by Congress, Have Been Released
OGC-95-20: Published: Aug 22, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 1995.
GAO reported on the status of budget authority proposed for rescission by the President in his third special impoundment message for fiscal year 1995.GAO found that Congress: (1) passed an emergency supplemental and rescission bill approving two of the rescissions proposed by the President in the third special message; and (2) passed another emergency supplemental and rescission bill approving som...
Agriculture and the Environment: Information on and Characteristics of Selected Watershed Projects
RCED-95-218: Published: Jun 30, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the effects of agricultural production on water pollution, focusing on lessons learned from nine innovative, successful watershed projects that reduced such pollution.GAO found that: (1) the watershed projects ranged from 5 acres to 150 million acres and involved both surface water and groundwater resources; (2) the watershed projects have received...
Food Assistance: Reducing Food Stamp Benefit Overpayments and Trafficking
RCED-95-198: Published: Jun 23, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed fraud, waste, and abuse in the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) food stamp program, focusing on: (1) the causes of benefit overpayments; (2) whether USDA controls and procedures are adequate to prevent retailer involvement in the trafficking of food stamp coupons; and (3) what can be done to reduce trafficking by food stamp recipients.GAO found t...
Welfare Programs: Opportunities to Consolidate and Increase Program Efficiencies
HEHS-95-139: Published: May 31, 1995. Publicly Released: May 31, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed low-income families' participation in multiple welfare programs, focusing on: (1) program inefficiencies; and (2) issues to consider in consolidating welfare programs.GAO found that: (1) federal expenditures for the 80 welfare programs that provide assistance to low-income recipients totalled $223 billion in 1993; (2) many low-income families are e...