Agricultural Marketing Service (21 - 30 of 49 items)
Child Nutrition Programs: Reauthorization Issues
RCED-98-81R: Published: Feb 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1998.
GAO reviewed the findings and recommendations from several of its recent reports on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the school lunch programs.GAO noted that: (1) the WIC program provides lower-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 with nutritious supplemental foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health...
Packers and Stockyards Programs: USDA's Response to Studies on Concentration in the Livestock Industry
RCED-97-100: Published: Apr 23, 1997. Publicly Released: May 8, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) report on concentration in the red-meatpacking industry, focusing on whether: (1) the report identified the geographic boundaries of livestock procurement markets; (2) the report provided guidance on how to monitor these markets; (3) as a result of this report, USDA had identified additiona...
Food-Related Services: Opportunities Exist to Recover Costs by Charging Beneficiaries
RCED-97-57: Published: Mar 20, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1997.
GAO reviewed opportunities to increase the share of funding by beneficiaries for food-related services provided by the federal government, focusing on: (1) the types of food-related services provided by the federal government; (2) the extent to which beneficiaries currently pay for such services through user fees; and (3) potential opportunities for recovering more of the service costs through use...
Federally Donated Meat and Poultry: Information on Extent and Impact of States' Restrictions on Processors
RCED-96-220: Published: Aug 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the incidence and effect of states restricting commercial processors from combining federally donated meat or poultry from multiple sources for processing, focusing on the: (1) reasons for and extent of states' and school districts' batching restrictions; (2) impact that batching restrictions have on commercial processors, schools, and the federa...
Agricultural Marketing: U.S. Cotton Market Before and After Import Assessments
RCED-96-49: Published: Jan 22, 1996. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO assessed the: (1) growth in the U.S. market for cotton and cotton products; (2) extent to which import restrictions have affected importers' ability to take advantage of any growth in the U.S. market; and (3) relevant U.S. international trade obligations and the compliance factors for imported cotton and cotton products.GAO found that: (1) the cotton impo...
Fruit Juice Adulteration: Detection Is Difficult, and Enhanced Efforts Would Be Costly
RCED-96-18: Published: Nov 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the sale of adulterated fruit juice to school meal programs, focusing on: (1) the nature and extent of the problem; (2) whether federal inspection and testing methods can detect juice adulteration; (3) recent federal enforcement actions taken against juice adulterators; and (4) options for enhancing the detection of adulterated juice.GAO found th...
1994 RTC Management Letter
AIMD-95-212R: Published: Jul 25, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Resolution Trust Corporation's (RTC) internal and electronic data processing (EDP) controls that warrant management attention. GAO noted that: (1) RTC procedures for entering and maintaining asset information are not consistently applied, resulting in an understatement of the recorded balances; (2) the reconciliation and settlement of RTC National Sales program transactions is inc...
USDA User Fees
RCED-95-229R: Published: Jun 23, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the growth and administration of user fee programs at the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS), and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). GAO noted that: (1) the total amount of user fees that APHIS and AMS collected increased from $145.2 million in fiscal yea...
Resolution Trust Corporation: Analysis of Selected Asset Sales and Financial Data
GGD-94-37: Published: Feb 1, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1994.
GAO reviewed the costs and revenues associated with Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) assets under standard asset management and disposition agreement (SAMDA) contracts, focusing on: (1) holding costs and revenues; (2) holding times; (3) net recovery rates; and (4) how RTC could use asset information to maximize recoveries.GAO found that: (1) it could not determine holding costs and revenues, hol...
Agricultural Marketing: Federally Authorized Commodity Research and Promotion Programs
RCED-94-63: Published: Dec 29, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) agricultural commodity research and promotion programs, focusing on the extent of: (1) check-off fund use; (2) AMS oversight; and (3) oversight coordination between AMS and other Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies.GAO found that: (1) as of 1992, 11 of the 18 authorized check-off board...