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Foreign Assistance: Donation of U.S. Planting Seed to Russia in 1999 Had Weaknesses
NSIAD-00-91: Published: Mar 9, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on weaknesses in the donation of U.S. planting seed to Russia in 1999, focusing on: (1) how the seed was procured in the United States; (2) how seeds were distributed and monitored in Russia; and (3) what the process was for selling the seed and distributing the proceeds to agricultural development institutions.GAO noted that: (1) under...
International Trade: Strategy Needed to Better Monitor and Enforce Trade Agreements
NSIAD-00-76: Published: Mar 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether federal agencies have the capacity to monitor and enforce trade agreements, focusing on: (1) the federal structure for monitoring and enforcing trade agreements; (2) the increasing complexity of the federal monitoring and enforcement task and key activities that federal agencies must perform; and (3) whether the Office of the U.S. Trade Rep...
School Meal Programs: Few Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness Reported
RCED-00-53: Published: Feb 22, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the safety of foods served in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, focusing on the extent: (1) of foodborne illness outbreaks related to meals served in schools; (2) to which Department of Agriculture (USDA)-donated foods in schools were removed, replaced, or disposed of because of the potential to cause foodborne...
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 Utilities Service: Loan Origination Policies and Procedures for Generation and Transmission Loans
AIMD-00-89R: Published: Feb 10, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Rural Utilities Service's (RUS) loan origination policies and procedures for making generation and transmission (G&T) loans, focusing on: (1) what RUS' loan origination policies and procedures are for making G&T loans and whether these policies and procedures are effectively designed to mitigate future loan losses to the governme...
Telecommunications: Development of Competition in Local Telephone Markets
RCED-00-38: Published: Jan 25, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the development of competition in telecommunications markets, focusing on the: (1) development of competition in local telephone markets and the market strategies employed by new carriers in five states under the 1996 Telecommunications Act; and (2) key issues affecting that development and the enforcement activities of federal and s...
Pork Industry: USDA's Reported Prices Have Not Reflected Actual Sales
RCED-00-26: Published: Dec 14, 1999. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) reports on how the pork industry's sharp decline in prices does not reflect pork prices at the retail level, focusing on the: (1) structural changes in the pork industry that have occurred since the 1980s and their effect on production and marketing; (2) reasons for the sudden and rapid decline in prices paid...
Meat and Poultry: Improved Oversight and Training Will Strengthen New Food Safety System
RCED-00-16: Published: Dec 8, 1999. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to improve the safety of meat and poultry products, focusing on whether: (1) the system adopted by USDA in its regulations is consistent with the seven Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles endorsed by the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods; (2)...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Marketing Assistance Loan Program Should Better Reflect Market Conditions
RCED-00-9: Published: Nov 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects of the marketing assistance loan program on cash payments to farm producers, focusing on: (1) which producers received cash payments through the program, by type of crop and state; (2) why some producers did not participate in the program; and (3) what types of concerns have been raised about the program's effect on cash payments and po...
Rural Utilities Service: Status of Electric Loan Portfolio
AIMD-99-264R: Published: Aug 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Rural Utilities Service's (RUS) generation and transmission (G&T) borrowers and assessed the likelihood of the federal government incurring losses in the future on loans to G&T borrowers.GAO noted that: (1) G&T loans declined from $22.5 billion as of September 30, 1996, to $20.1 billion as of September 30, 1998, while the number...