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Telecommunications: Federal and State Universal Service Programs and Challenges to Funding
GAO-02-187: Published: Feb 4, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2002.
"Universal service" means providing residential customers with affordable, nationwide access to basic phone service. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 extended support for universal service to eligible schools, libraries, and rural health care providers. Universal service programs are generally funded by mandatory contributions from telecommunications companies. New technologies, however, are put...
Food Safety: Weaknesses in Meat and Poultry Inspection Pilot Should Be Addressed Before Implementation
GAO-02-59: Published: Dec 17, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2002.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in 1997 that it would modify its meat and poultry slaughter inspection program to make industry more responsible for identifying carcass defects. Before making the change permanent, USDA developed a model to test whether a prevention-oriented inspection system that uses plant personnel to examine each carcass and USDA inspectors to verify that quality...
Water Infrastructure: Information on Federal and State Financial Assistance
GAO-02-134: Published: Nov 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 2002.
U.S. drinking water and wastewater systems encompass thousands of treatment and collection facilities and more than a million miles of pipes and conduits. The estimated cost to repair, replace, or upgrade aging facilities; accommodate the nation's growing population; and meet new water quality standards ranges from $300 billion to $1 trillion over the next 20 years. Although user rates are the maj...
Economic Development: Federal Assistance Programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives
GAO-02-193: Published: Dec 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2001.
Despite the recent success of casino gaming and other business ventures undertaken by some Native Americans and Alaska Natives, unemployment and poverty remain widespread in these communities. Many federal programs are available to help Native Americans with economic development, and some tribes are using these programs. Although agencies reported that their programs helped to create and retain jo...
Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996: Department of Agriculture Faces Challenges Implementing Certain Key Provisions
GAO-02-277T: Published: Dec 5, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2001.
The testimony discusses debt collection efforts by two major components at the Department of Agriculture--the Rural Housing Service (RHS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 requires agencies to (1) notify the Department of the Treasury of debts more than 180 days delinquent for the purposes of administrative offset against any amounts that might otherwis...
Wildlife Services Program: Information on Activities to Manage Wildlife Damage
GAO-02-138: Published: Nov 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2001.
Birdwatching, hunting, and wildlife photography provide important recreational, aesthetic, and income-generating benefits to the American public. In addition, wildlife help maintain ecosystems, and the mere knowledge that wildlife exist is viewed as beneficial by many people. At the same time, however, some wildlife destroy crops, kill livestock, damage property, and pose risks to public health an...
Farm Programs: Changes to the Marketing Assistance Loan Program Have Had Little Impact on Payments
GAO-01-964: Published: Sep 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 2001.
Under the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing Assistance Loan Program, the federal government accepts harvested crops as collateral for interest-bearing loans (marketing assistance loans) that are typically due in nine months. When market prices drop below the loan rate (the loan price per pound or bushel), the government allows farmers to repay the loan at a lower rate and retain ownersh...
El Tratado De Guadalupe Hidalgo: Definicion y lista de las concesiones de tierras comunitarias en Nuevo Mexico
GAO-01-952: Published: Sep 10, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2001.
From the end of the seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century, Spain made land grants to individuals, towns, and groups to promote development in what is now the American Southwest. Under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War, the United States agreed to recognize ownership of property of every kind in the ceded areas. Many persons, including grantee heirs,...
Federal Procurement: Better Guidance and Monitoring Needed to Assess Purchases of Environmentally Friendly Products
GAO-01-430: Published: Jun 22, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2001.
The federal government buys about $200 billion worth of goods and services each year. Through its purchasing decisions, the federal government can signal its commitment to preventing pollution, reducing solid waste, increasing recycling, and stimulating markets for environmentally friendly products. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) directs the Environmental Protection Agen...
Rural Development: Assessment of Data Used to Support Non-Housing Direct Loan Programs Subsidy Cost Estimates
GAO-01-516R: Published: Apr 10, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2001.
The Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Service (RDS) long-standing problems with estimating the cost of its credit programs in accordance with the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990 and federal accounting standards continues to be a major factor in preventing Agriculture from achieving an unqualified opinion on its consolidated financial statements. This correspondence focuses on RDS's e...