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Sugar Program: Changing the Method for Setting Import Quotas Could Reduce Cost to Users
RCED-99-209: Published: Jul 26, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Sugar Program, focusing on: (1) USDA's procedures for setting the tariff-rate quota for imported raw sugar; and (2) the U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) procedures for allocating the quota among sugar-producing countries.GAO noted that: (1) USDA uses the tariff-rate quota for raw sugar to rest...
Rural Water Projects: Federal Assistance Criteria and Potential Benefits of the Proposed Lewis and Clark Project
T-RCED-99-252: Published: Jul 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Lewis and Clark Rural Water Project, focusing on: (1) federal assistance criteria for rural water projects and; (2) potential benefits of rural water projects such as Lewis and Clark.GAO noted that: (1) regarding federal assistance criteria for rural water projects, GAO's work looked at three programs; (2) these were the Rural Utilities Servic...
Food Safety: U.S. Lacks a Consistent Farm-to-Table Approach to Egg Safety
RCED-99-184: Published: Jul 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of the system for ensuring the safety of eggs, focusing on whether: (1) a prevention-based approach to food safety has been applied to egg production and processing; (2) a new federal policy on egg refrigeration will effectively reduce the risks associated with contaminated eggs; (3) federal and state policies on serving eggs to vulner...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Analysis of Budgets, Fiscal Years 1999-2000
RCED-99-201R: Published: Jun 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1999.
GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) appropriation for fiscal year (FY) 1999 and its budget request for FY 2000 for selected programs and initiatives.GAO noted that: (1) USDA could have about $1.7 billion in appropriated funds remaining unobligated at the end of FY 1999, some or all of which could be available for congressional rescission or as a reduction to the Depa...
Food Safety: The Agricultural Use of Antibiotics and Its Implications for Human Health
RCED-99-74: Published: Apr 28, 1999. Publicly Released: May 3, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on antibiotic resistance issues that may stem from the use of antibiotics in agriculture, focusing on the: (1) use of antibiotics in agriculture and the implications of that use for human health; (2) federal roles and responsibilities for overseeing the use of antibiotics in agriculture; and (3) issues surrounding the debate over whethe...
Community Development: Extent of Federal Influence on 'Urban Sprawl' Is Unclear
RCED-99-87: Published: Apr 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the contribution of federal programs and policies to urban sprawl, focusing on: (1) the origins and implications of urban sprawl; (2) evidence that exists on the influence of federal programs and policies on urban sprawl; and (3) regulatory review and coordination mechanisms evaluating and mitigating the effects of federal actions on urban sprawl.G...
Fresh Produce: Potential Consequences of Country-of-Origin Labeling
RCED-99-112: Published: Apr 21, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the: (1) potential costs associated with the compliance and enforcement of a mandatory country-of-origin labeling requirement at the retail level for fresh produce; (2) potential trade issues associated with such a requirement; (3) potential impact of such a requirement on the ability of the federal government and the public to res...
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Livestock Assistance Program
OGC-99-40: Published: Apr 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) Livestock Assistance Program (LAP). GAO noted that: (1) the rule would provide new terms and conditions for LAP authorized in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1999; (2) in counties that have suffered a 40 percent or greater loss of...
Food Security: Factors That Could Affect Progress Toward Meeting World Food Summit Goals
NSIAD-99-15: Published: Mar 22, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the outcome of the 1996 World Food Summit, focusing on factors that could affect progress toward meeting world food security goals.GAO noted that: (1) the 1996 World Food Summit brought together officials from 185 countries and the European Community to discuss the problem of food insecurity and produced a plan to guide participants'...
Tax Credits: Reasons for Cost Differences in Housing Built by For-Profit and Nonprofit Developers
RCED-99-60: Published: Mar 10, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the characteristics of the residents and properties that have benefited from the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, focusing on assessing the impact of variations in characteristics such as the type or location of the property or the type of tenants served.GAO noted that: (1) while tax credit units built by nonprofit developers cost more, on av...