Department of Agriculture, Executive (1 - 10 of 12 items)
International Trade: Further Improvements Needed to Handle Growing Workload for Monitoring and Enforcing Trade Agreements
GAO-05-537: Published: Jun 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2005.
The vast majority of U.S. exports are covered by at least one trade agreement. Ensuring that U.S. companies can take advantage of the market opportunities created by trade agreements has therefore become a critical responsibility for U.S. government agencies. GAO examined U.S. government efforts to monitor and enforce trade agreements. Specifically, GAO (1) reviewed how the nature and scope of U.S...
Pork Industry: Trade Barriers and Other Factors Limit Federal Programs' Potential to Increase Exports
RCED-00-41: Published: Feb 1, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects that the U.S. cargo preference law and federal export assistance programs have on the pork export industry, focusing on the: (1) extent to which other countries' trade practices and the U.S. cargo preference law are impediments to exporting more pork products; (2) extent to which existing federal programs could be used to increase the e...
Agriculture Trade Agreements: Selected Implementation Issues
T-NSIAD-98-106: Published: Feb 26, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1998.
GAO discussed the implementation of certain agricultural provisions of the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), focusing on: (1) the impact of measures to protect human, animal or plant life or health--referred to as sanitary and phytosantiary (SPS) measures; and (2) state trading enterprises (STEs).GAO noted that: (1)...
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...
Food and Agriculture Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1997-1999
IAP-97-12: Published: Jun 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1997.
GAO presented its Food and Agriculture issue area plan for fiscal years 1997 through 1999.GAO plans examine ways to: (1) promote the efficient delivery of food and nutrition assistance programs; (2) streamline the Department of Agriculture to improve efficiency in service delivery, reduce waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in agriculture programs, and promote the use of alternative program del...
Food and Agriculture Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-95-20(4): Published: Oct 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1995.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Food and Agriculture issue area as of October 2, 1995...
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...
Government Reorganization: Issues Relating to International Trade Responsibilities
T-GGD-95-218: Published: Jul 25, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1995.
GAO discussed the potential impact of abolishing the Department of Commerce and some of its functions and transferring its remaining functions to other federal agencies. GAO noted that: (1) Commerce plays an important role in formulating trade policy, promoting exports, regulating trade, and collecting, analyzing, and disseminating trade data; (2) Commerce works with interagency committees to coor...
International Trade: Impact of the Uruguay Round Agreement on the Export Enhancement Program
GGD-94-180BR: Published: Aug 5, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential impact of the Uruguay Round Agreement on the Export Enhancement Program (EEP) and other Department of Agriculture (USDA) export programs.GAO found that: (1) the United States may have to reduce its agricultural export subsidies by 1995 if the agreement is implemented; (2) the potential subsidized export reductions would...
Country of Origin Labeling Requirements for Imported Meat and Other Food Products
T-RCED-88-67: Published: Sep 27, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1988.
GAO discussed the merits of extending country-of-origin labelling requirements for imported meat and other food products beyond current requirements. GAO found that: (1) extending country-of-origin labelling could violate U.S. trade obligations under international trade regulations which prohibit regulations to protect domestic products; (2) most imported meats did not pose health problems because...