Department of Agriculture, Executive (1 - 10 of 16 items)
Export Promotion: Increases in Commercial Service Workforce Should Be Better Planned
GAO-10-874: Published: Aug 31, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2010.
Since the recent recession, policymakers have emphasized the role exports can play in strengthening the U.S. economy and in creating higher paying jobs. In March 2010 the President signed an Executive Order creating the National Export Initiative (NEI), with a goal of doubling U.S. exports in 5 years. However, since 2004 the workforce of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (CS) has shrunk, cal...
Humane Methods of Slaughter Act: USDA Inspectors' Views on Enforcement (GAO-10-244SP), February 2010, an E-supplement to GAO-10-203
GAO-10-244SP: Published: Feb 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 2010.
This is an E-supplement to GAO-10-203. It presents the results of GAO's 2009 Survey of Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Inspectors-in-Charge. The purpose of the Web-based survey was to collect nationwide information on inspectors' experiences and challenges with enforcing the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA). We surveyed inspectors from a random probability sample of 257 slaughter e...
Food Safety: Fundamental Changes Needed to Improve the Nation's Food Safety System
T-RCED-98-24: Published: Oct 8, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 8, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the fundamental weaknesses that need correcting in order to achieve a fully effective food safety system, and the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) associated regulatory authority.GAO noted: (1) the existing federal system to ensure a safe food supply is fragmented, characterized by a maze of often inconsistent legal and regulatory requirements i...
Federal Hiring: Reconciling Managerial Flexibility with Veterans' Preference
GGD-95-102: Published: Jun 16, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal hiring procedures, focusing on whether: (1) those procedures are working; and (2) hiring reform efforts address the needs of agencies and applicants.GAO found that: (1) the Department of Agriculture initiated a demonstration project to test the feasibility of providing managers more selection flexibility, the Office of Personnel Management...
Reengineering: Opportunities to Improve
AIMD-95-67R: Published: Jan 6, 1995. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agencies' systems modernization efforts, focusing on the difficulties agencies have in applying information technology to their programs. GAO noted that: (1) federal agencies often do not reengineer their business processes before applying information technology to their programs; (2) agencies have not used information technology to simplif...
ADP: USDA Farm Service Agencies
IMTEC-92-72R: Published: Jul 20, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the process for and status of information technology budget revisions at four Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm services agencies. GAO noted that: (1) planned USDA information technology expenditures for 1993 total $397 million, including $191 million for long-range objectives and $206 million to operate and maintain existing sys...
Information Dissemination: Innovative Ways Agencies Are Using Technology
T-IMTEC-92-6: Published: Feb 19, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 1992.
GAO discussed how federal agencies are using technology to provide the public with cheaper and faster access to a wider range of information, focusing on: (1) compact disc-read only memory (CD-ROM); (2) bulletin board systems; (3) voice messaging/facsimile; and (4) floppy discs. GAO noted that: (1) the U.S. Geological Survey's Geologic Long-Range Inclined Asdic-East Coast CD-ROM includes sonar-sca...
Automated Systems: Legislative Branch's Efforts in Sharing Payroll/Personnel Systems
IMTEC-90-20: Published: Feb 20, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed efforts by the Architect of the Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the Government Printing Office in improving their administrative systems by obtaining technological resources from other agencies.GAO found that the: (1) Library developed and followed a plan to use the Department of Agriculture National Finance Center's payroll and personnel sys...
Status Report on GAO's Review of the Export Enhancement Program
T-NSIAD-89-45: Published: Jul 31, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1989.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Export Enhancement Program (EEP). GAO found that: (1) because the supply of wheat has tightened since 1987, resulting in higher wheat prices, USDA has announced fewer new EEP initiatives and has not extended existing ones; (2) as of July 21, 1989, USDA had announced 103 initiatives, the market value of EEP bonuses totalled nearly $2.6 billion, a...
Government Printing Costs and Printing Management at Five Selected Departments
T-GGD-89-34: Published: Jun 28, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1989.
GAO discussed five agencies' annual printing costs and printing management. GAO found that: (1) the five agencies managed about one-third of the $1.14-billion volume of printing procured through the Government Printing Office (GPO); (2) the federal printing cost reporting form focused on agency printing plant costs, but did not capture many printing overhead costs; (3) total federal printing costs...