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Justice's Antitrust Division: Better Management Information Is Needed on Agriculture-Related Matters
GAO-01-188: Published: Apr 6, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2001.
This report reviews the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division's overall policies and procedures for carrying out its statutory responsibilities, particularly as they apply to the agriculture industry. GAO describes (1) the Division's interaction with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) with regard to antitrust matters in the agriculture industry, (2) th...
Agricultural Trade: Impacts of the Andean Trade Preference Act on Asparagus Producers and Consumers
GAO-01-315: Published: Mar 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2001.
U.S. asparagus imports increased in the 1990s and now comprise nearly one-half of the asparagus consumed in the United States. Peru is the second largest source of imported asparagus and benefits from duty-free treatment under the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA). ATPA is estimated to have displaced between two and eight percent of the value of domestic production from what it would have been wi...
Federal Power: The Evolution of Preference in Marketing Federal Power
GAO-01-373: Published: Feb 8, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2001.
Congress has enacted many statutes that designate types of customers or geographic areas for preference and priority in purchasing electricity from federal agencies. In general, the preference has been intended to (1) direct the benefits of public resources--relatively inexpensive hydropower--to portions of the public through nonprofit entities, (2) spread the benefits of federally generated hydro...
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: Definition and List of Community Land Grants in New Mexico (Exposure Draft)
GAO-01-330: Published: Jan 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2001.
Under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, which formally ended the Mexican-American War, the United States assumed control over vast new territories, including much of what is now the state of New Mexico. The United States agreed to recognize ownership of property, including the ownership of land grants, in the ceded areas. Whether the United States carried out the provisions of the treaty, e...
Food Stamp Program: States Seek to Reduce Payment Errors and Program Complexity
GAO-01-272: Published: Jan 19, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2001.
In fiscal year 2000, the Department of Agriculture's Food Stamp Program, administered jointly by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the states, provided $15 billion in benefits to an average of 17.2 million low-income persons each month. FNS, which pays the full cost of food stamp benefits and half of the states' administrative costs, promulgates program regulations and oversees program impl...
Financial Management: Impact of RUS' Electricity Loan Restructurings
AIMD-00-288: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Rural Utilities Service's (RUS) electricity loan restructurings, focusing on: (1) RUS' policies and procedures for restructuring financially troubled generation and transmission (G&T) loans and whether these are being consistently followed; (2) whether RUS properly carried out loan restructurings in accordance with criteria defined in the Feder...
Economic Development: Multiple Federal Programs Fund Similar Economic Development Activities
RCED/GGD-00-220: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified federal programs that supported economic development, focusing on: (1) the programs that more directly fund economic development activities, including the level of financial support that they provide; and (2) comparing selected aspects of these programs, such as program applicants, to identify areas of potential overlap.GAO noted that: (1) 10 age...
Rural Housing: Options for Optimizing the Federal Role in Rural Housing Development
RCED-00-241: Published: Sep 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on rural housing programs, focusing on: (1) the physical condition of today's rural housing and rural households' access to affordable housing credit; (2) the rural housing programs offered by the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) and the ways in which RHS' programs have adapted to changes in the level of fe...
Charter Schools: Limited Access to Facility Financing
HEHS-00-163: Published: Sep 12, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the financing of facilities for charter schools, focusing on: (1) the degree to which charter schools have access to traditional public school facility financing; (2) whether alternative sources of facility financing are available to charter schools; and (3) potential options generally available to the federal government if it were t...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Opportunities to Improve the Community Adjustment and Investment Program
NSIAD-00-229: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Community Adjustment and Investment Program (CAIP), focusing on: (1) how the program has been structured; (2) how program eligibility criteria and outreach efforts have been implemented; and (3) the results of efforts to provide assistance to eligible counties.GAO noted that: (1) the Community Adjustment and Investment Program's...