Agricultural Research Service (21 - 30 of 56 items)
Federally Chartered Corporation: Review of the Financial Statement Audit Report for the Agricultural Hall of Fame for Fiscal Year 1997
AIMD-98-246R: Published: Jul 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the audit report covering the financial statements of the Agricultural Hall of Fame for the fiscal year ended December 31, 1997, focusing on whether the audit report complied with the financial reporting requirements of the law.GAO noted that: (1) nothing came to GAO's attention that would cause it to believe that the financial reporting requiremen...
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...
Agricultural Research: More Efficient and Accountable System Could Better Respond to New Challenges
T-RCED-97-101: Published: Mar 13, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1997.
GAO discussed the U.S. agricultural research system, focusing on what could be done to help the system respond to the challenges faced by the agricultural sector.GAO noted that: (1) while many agricultural research needs have changed, the structure created to meet these needs has remained essentially intact; (2) in fiscal year (FY) 1996, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) allocated over $67 m...
ARS' Research Activities
RCED-96-153R: Published: Jun 14, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) research activities. GAO noted that: (1) as of January 1996, ARS had funded 1,198 research projects at an estimated cost of $648 million, which accounted for 91 percent of its fiscal year (FY) 1996 research appropriation; (2) ARS plans to allocate an additional $24 million to new or renewed projects in FY 1...
Food Safety: New Initiatives Would Fundamentally Alter the Existing System
RCED-96-81: Published: Mar 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the federal food safety system, focusing on recent federal initiatives to improve meat, poultry, and seafood safety.GAO found that: (1) the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are primarily responsible for regulating food safety; (2) both agencies inspect meat, poultry, and seafood pla...
USDA's Fruit Fly Research
RCED-95-274R: Published: Sep 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Agriculture Research Service's (ARS) expenditures on fruit fly research activities in Hawaii. GAO noted that: (1) ARS changed the focus of the medfly research when it failed to suppress the medfly's native population and shifted its research to the native population's resistance to sterile-male mating and ancillary suppression techniques; (2) A...
Nutrition Monitoring: Data Serve Many Purposes, But Users Recommend Improvements
PEMD-95-15: Published: Jun 20, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Program (NNMRRP), focusing on the: (1) users and major uses of nutrition monitoring data; (2) users' satisfaction with selected nutrition monitoring activities; and (3) changes that users identified to increase their use of or confidence in nutrition monitoring data.GAO found that: (1) the 440...
Agricultural Research Lab Closings
RCED-95-178R: Published: May 26, 1995. Publicly Released: May 26, 1995.
GAO provided information on laboratory closings and research reductions being undertaken in fiscal years (FY) 1995 and 1996 by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). GAO noted that: (1) ARS is closing 10 laboratories in FY 1995 and proposes closing 12 more laboratories in FY 1996; (2) ARS plans to terminate 28 research programs at 16 other laboratories during FY 1995 and 1996; (3) ARS estimates...
Food Nutrition: Better Guidance Needed to Improve Reliability of USDA's Food Composition Data
RCED-94-30: Published: Oct 25, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Human Nutrition Information Service's (HNIS) compilation of food composition data, focusing on the: (1) criteria and procedures used to ensure the reliability of food composition data; and (2) coordination and exchange of food composition data with other countries and international groups that maintain similar databases.GAO found that: (1) some...
Agricultural Research: Refocusing Priorities to Meet Current Concerns
T-RCED-94-45: Published: Oct 7, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1993.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) implementation of its research priorities, focusing on: (1) the USDA research structure and budget; (2) past and current agricultural research objectives; and (3) factors that inhibit the refocusing of the research agenda. GAO noted that: (1) USDA research and funding levels are controlled and coordinated by the Secretary of Agriculture and dist...