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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...
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...
Food Stamp Program Eligibility Determination
T-RCED-88-7: Published: Oct 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1987.
GAO discussed on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Stamp Program, specifically: (1) the extent to which states are improperly denying or terminating eligible persons; (2) USDA procedures for penalizing states when they fail to review the required number of eligibility determinations; and (3) the National Academy of Sciences' recommendations for resolving the backlog of outstanding food s...
Rural Housing: Impact of Refinancing and Selling FmHA Section 502 Homeownership Loans
RCED-87-54: Published: Mar 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1987.
GAO reported on the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) plan to sell rural homeownership loans, and compared the impact on revenues of selling or refinancing the loans.The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 requires the Secretary of Agriculture to sell loans to the public to reduce fiscal year 1987 federal outlays by over $1.7 billion. GAO noted that the Ho...
International Trade: Review of Effectiveness of FAS Cooperator Market Development Program
NSIAD-87-89: Published: Mar 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of the cooperator programs that the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) implemented to develop, maintain, and expand foreign markets for U.S. agricultural commodities.GAO found that FAS has: (1) allowed cooperators to implement numerous and varied long-term programs and has placed few restricti...
The Status of FmHA Farm Loan Portfolio and Farm Loan-Making Criteria and Policies
T-RCED-87-6: Published: Mar 11, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1987.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA): (1) farm loan portfolio; and (2) proposed changes to improve its lending policies and their potential impact on FmHA borrowers' ability to qualify for future farm loans. GAO found that: (1) due to rapidly deteriorating financial conditions, more farmers sought assistance from FmHA because private lenders rejected t...
Farmers Home Administration: Loan-Servicing Efforts Focus on Continually Delinquent Borrowers
RCED-87-13BR: Published: Nov 12, 1986. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the extent to which Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) borrowers are continually delinquent on their farm loans; and (2) the implementation of the FmHA November 1985 revised loan-servicing regulations for delinquent farm borrowers.GAO found that: (1) of the 261,000 total FmHA farm borrowers, 50,033 were continually delinquent...
The Export Enhancement Program, U.S. Foreign Agricultural Market Development Programs, CCC Export Credit Guarantee Programs, and L Term Bilateral Grain Agreements and Countertrade
131131: Sep 30, 1986
GAO discussed: (1) the status of the export enhancement program (EEP); (2) U.S. foreign market development efforts; (3) agricultural export credit programs; and (4) long-term grain agreements and countertrade. GAO noted that: (1) EEP is affecting the European Community by increasing competition, lowering affected commodity prices, increasing restitution, and contributing to additional dissent with...
Food Stamp Program: Refinements Needed To Improve Accuracy of Quality Control Error Rates
RCED-86-195: Published: Sep 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1986.
GAO discussed the reliability of the Food Stamp Program's error rates, which served as the basis for sanctions that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) assessed against states for excessive errors they made in determining fiscal year 1984 program eligibility and benefit levels.GAO found that: (1) in the three states it evaluated, the federal and state quality control reviews (QCR) were generally...
USDA and Other Proposals To Reduce Food Stamp Program Expenditures
129643: Apr 16, 1986
GAO discussed its reports offering alternative or additional approaches for saving Food Stamp program money. The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) quality control system measures the types and extent of errors that states make when determining Food Stamp program eligibility. USDA proposed that states with error rates exceeding the 5-percent limit be sanctioned an amount equal to the overissuances...