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Limited Data Available on USDA and Interior Attorney Fee Claims and Payments
GAO-12-417R: Published: Apr 12, 2012. Publicly Released: May 2, 2012.
Most USDA and Interior agencies did not have readily available information on attorney fee claims and payments made under EAJA and other fee-shifting statutes for fiscal years 2000 through 2010. As a result, there was no way to readily determine who made claims, the total amount each department paid or awarded in attorney fees, who received the payments, or the statutes under which the cases were...
Management Letter: Recommendations for Improvements to USDA's Internal Controls and Policies on Premium Class Air Travel
GAO-08-85R: Published: Nov 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2007.
At the request of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, in September 2007 we reported on the governmentwide use of premium class travel. As part of the audit and related investigations, we tested premium class transactions at the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The purpose of this letter is to provide the Acting Secretary of...
Food Assistance: Reducing the Trafficking of Food Stamp Benefits
T-RCED-00-250: Published: Jul 19, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the improper trafficking of food stamp benefits, focusing on: (1) federal efforts to identify storeowners who engage in trafficking; (2) the amount of penalties assessed and collected against these storeowners; and (3) the extent to which states with statewide electronic benefit transfer (EBT) systems are identifying and disqualifying recipients w...
USDA Reorganization: Progress Mixed in Modernizing the Delivery of Services
RCED-00-43: Published: Feb 3, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to modernize and reorganize its county-based agencies, focusing on: (1) identifying USDA's major reorganization and modernization initiatives for these agencies; (2) examining the progress USDA has made in completing these initiatives; and (3) identifying major issues impeding progress t...
Rural Development: Rural Business--Cooperative Service's Lending and the Financial Condition of Its Loan Portfolio
RCED-99-10: Published: Jan 12, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) number and dollar value of business assistance loans approved by the Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS); (2) federal government's costs associated with the agency's loans; and (3) financial condition of the agency's loan portfolio, including the losses incurred.GAO noted that: (1) RBS approv...
Commodity Credit Corporation: Information on the Availability, Use, and Management of Funds
RCED-98-114: Published: Apr 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds are spent and controlled, focusing on: (1) how much money CCC had available and spent in fiscal years (FY) 1996 and 1997, including the sources of these funds and the programs and activities for which they were used; (2) the management practices used to control CCC funds; (3) whether CCC's...
Food Stamp Program: Information on Trafficking Food Stamp Benefits
RCED-98-77: Published: Mar 26, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed food stamp trafficking at the retail level, focusing on: (1) the extent of retailer trafficking and the characteristics of the stores engaged in such trafficking; (2) the roles and efforts of federal agencies in minimizing food stamp trafficking by retailers; and (3) whether store owners or clerks were generally caught for trafficking food stamps a...
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: (...
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...
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...