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Farm Programs: Service to Farmers Will Likely Change as Farm Service Agency Continues to Reduce Staff and Close Offices
RCED-98-136: Published: May 1, 1998. Publicly Released: May 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of actual and proposed staff reductions and office closings by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) on the quality of service to farmers.GAO noted that: (1) FSA's staff reductions and office closures to date do not appear to have affected the quality of service provided to farmers; (2) according to the Department of Agriculture's 1997 customer...
Agricultural Exports: U.S. Needs a More Integrated Approach to Address Sanitary/Phytosanitary Issues
NSIAD-98-32: Published: Dec 11, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) extent to which foreign sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures may unfairly restrict U.S. agricultural exports; and (2) federal structure and approach for addressing such measures.GAO noted that: (1) despite growing concerns that certain foreign sanitary or phytosanitary measures may be inconsistent with World Trade Organ...
Rural Development: Financial Condition of the Rural Utilities Service's Electricity Loan Portfolio
T-RCED-97-198: Published: Jul 8, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service's (RUS) electricity loan program, focusing on the financial: (1) condition of the electricity loan portfolio; and (2) characteristics of borrowers having electricity loans.GAO noted that: (1) the total amount of the outstanding principal on RUS' electricity loans was $32.3 billion at t...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Analysis of Budgets, Fiscal Years 1997-98
RCED-97-135R: Published: May 5, 1997. Publicly Released: May 5, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) appropriation for fiscal year (FY) 1997 and budget request for FY 1998 for selected budget accounts, focusing on potential rescissions to USDA's appropriation for FY 1997 and potential reductions or deferrals to USDA's budget request for FY 1998.GAO noted that: (1) about $3 billion of the budget authority appropriated for the Food Stamp Program i...
USDA Rural Housing Service: Reengineering and Reinvention of the Direct Section 502 and 504 Single Family Housing Program
OGC-97-6: Published: Dec 5, 1996. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Rural Housing Service's (RHS) new rule on reengineering and reinvention of the Direct Section 502 and 504 Single Family Housing Program. GAO found that: (1) the rule would set forth revised and combined rules for carrying out the requirements of sections 502 and 504 of the Housing Act of 1949 and combines the current 18 regulations into one r...
Analysis of USDA Budgets, Fiscal Years 1996 and 1997
RCED-96-182R: Published: Jun 7, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) fiscal year (FY) 1996 appropriation and FY 1997 budget request, focusing on whether prior-year unobligated funds could be rescinded and the USDA FY 1997 budget reduced. GAO noted that: (1) USDA has approximately $1.35 billion in potential rescissions for FY 1996 and $2.7 billion in potential reductions for FY 1997; (2) the potential rescissions a...
RCED-95-280R: Published: Sep 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the arrangement agreed to in the Uruguay Round for an increased allocation of cheese to U.S. importers and the effect of this arrangement on the U.S. dairy industry; (2) U.S. trade remedies that are available to protect the dairy sector and the extent to which they have been applied to cheese imports; (3) the operations of one s...
Food and Agriculture Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-96
IAP-95-21: Published: Aug 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.
GAO presented its Food and Agriculture issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 to 1996.GAO plans to: (1) identify approaches to help farmers adapt to a more market-oriented farm economy; (2) recommend changes to improve the fiscal integrity of crop insurance programs and farm risk management; (3) evaluate the efficiency of commodity programs' administration; (4) identify U.S. trade and marketing iss...
Teacher Training: Status and Participants' Views of Delta Teachers Academy
RCED-95-208: Published: Jun 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Delta Teachers Academy program, focusing on Academy: (1) activities and expenditures; and (2) participants' views on program effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) the Department of Agriculture's funding for the Delta Teachers Academy has nearly doubled to almost $4 million in fiscal year 1995; (2) the Academy expects to increase the number of teach...
Water Quality: Information on Salinity Control Projects in the Colorado River Basin
T-RCED-95-185: Published: May 11, 1995. Publicly Released: May 11, 1995.
GAO discussed salinity control projects in the Colorado River Basin, focusing on: (1) project costs; (2) the factors to consider in selecting salinity control methods; and (3) measurements of program effectiveness. GAO noted that: (1) the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Department of Agriculture (USDA) spent about $362 million on salinity control projects through...