Farm Service Agency (11 - 20 of 177 items)
Farm Programs: USDA Needs to Do More to Prevent Improper Payments to Deceased Individuals
GAO-13-503: Published: Jun 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2013.
Since 2007, the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administers various programs for farmers that help support farm incomes and provide disaster assistance, has established procedures for preventing improper payments to deceased individuals, including, on a quarterly basis, matching payments to program participants with the Social Security Administration's (SSA) dat...
Food Assistance: Briefing on U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Assistance Procurement Process
GAO-13-395R: Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.
In summary, while USDA's organization and management structure for its food assistance procurement might suggest overlap, GAO found no duplication of Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) efforts. For example, AMS and FSA follow similar contracting rules and regulations; however, AMS and FSA have different procurement processes and funding authorities and purchase diff...
Disaster Assistance: USDA and SBA Could Do More to Help Aquaculture and Nursery Producers
GAO-12-844: Published: Sep 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2012.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) have 10 disaster assistance programs that small agricultural producers and businesses that support agriculture can use to recover from natural disasters. These programs serve largely different populations but leave few gaps in the disaster assistance available to most small agricultura...
Farm Bill: Issues to Consider for Reauthorization
GAO-12-338SP: Published: Apr 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2012.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Department of Agricultures Office of Inspector General (OIG) seek to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the federal government. As Congress debates ways to address the federal governments long-term fiscal imbalance, it becomes even more critical that we help with this challenge by identifying opportunitie...
Crop Insurance: Savings Would Result from Program Changes and Greater Use of Data Mining
GAO-12-256: Published: Mar 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2012.
If a limit of $40,000 had been applied to individual farmers crop insurance premium subsidies, as it is for other farm programs, the federal government would have saved up to $1 billion in crop insurance program costs in 2011, according to GAOs analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data. GAO selected $40,000 as an example of a potential subsidy limit because it is the limit...
Higher Education: Use of New Data Could Help Improve Oversight of Distance Education
GAO-12-39: Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2011.
As the largest provider of financial aid in higher education, with about $134 billion in Title IV funds provided to students in fiscal year 2010, the Department of Education (Education) has a considerable interest in distance education. Distance education--that is, offering courses by the Internet, video, or other forms outside the classroom--has been a growing force in postsecondary education and...
USDA's Application of Administrative PAYGO to Its Mandatory Spending Programs
GAO-11-921R: Published: Sep 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2011.
In fiscal year 2010, about 80 percent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) total outlays of about $129 billion was used to fund mandatory spending programs--programs with at least some spending that is controlled through eligibility rules, benefit formulas, and other parameters that are set in law other than appropriations acts. At USDA, mandatory spending programs include the majority o...
USDA Systems Modernization: Management and Oversight Improvements Are Needed
GAO-11-586: Published: Jul 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2011.
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is responsible for administering billions of dollars annually in program benefits to farmers and ranchers. Since 2004, FSA has been planning to modernize its information technology (IT) systems that process these benefits with the Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems (MIDAS) program. GAO was asked...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: More Effective Management and Performance Can Help Implementation of the Farm Bill
GAO-11-779T: Published: Jun 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2011.
The current fiscal environment, ongoing deliberations for the next Farm Bill, and the public's expectations for a high-performing and efficient government underscore the need for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to focus on program results and customer needs, work across organizational lines to help minimize any overlap and duplication, and build its internal capacity. USDA comprises 15 a...
USDA Crop Disaster Programs: Lessons Learned Can Improve Implementation of New Crop Assistance Program
GAO-10-548: Published: Jun 4, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 2010.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides programs to help farmers recover financially from natural disasters. Congress has historically supplemented these programs with ad hoc programs that pay farmers who experienced crop losses. The 2008 farm bill established a program through 2011 to pay farmers who lose crops. To receive these payments, farmers must purcha...