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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Similarities Between the Activities of the Department and Other Federal Agencies
RCED-99-35: Published: Dec 9, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture (USDA) activities that are similar to the activities conducted by other federal agencies and discussed USDA's efforts to comply with the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act.GAO noted that: (1) many of USDA's activities appear to be similar to those of other federal agencies; (2) fo...
Food Safety: Opportunities to Redirect Federal Resources and Funds Can Enhance Effectiveness
RCED-98-224: Published: Aug 6, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) analyzed the federal food safety agencies' budgets for fiscal year 1999 to determine whether the appropriated funds of more than $1 billion can be spent more effectively; and (2) provided its views on whether the food safety initiatives for fiscal years 1998-1999 will address underlying problems in the federal food safety system.GAO noted that: (1) mor...
Federal User Fees: Budgetary Treatment, Status, and Emerging Management Issues
AIMD-98-11: Published: Dec 19, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified 27 agencies that rely on federal user fees for a significant portion of their budget, focusing on: (1) identifying of changes in agency reliance on user fees since passage of the Budget Enforcement Act (BEA) of 1990; (2) describing the ways user fees are structured in the budget, including what budgetary controls govern the availability and use o...
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...
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 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...
USDA Revenues: A Descriptive Compendium
RCED-93-19FS: Published: Nov 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) revenues from nonfederal sources for its products and services, focusing on: (1) USDA agencies that collect the revenues; and (2) the amount of revenues USDA collected.GAO found that: (1) information on USDA revenues was not readily available because it was not centrally maintained, and was desc...
Livestock Marketing: USDA's Oversight of Competitiveness Needs to Be Enhanced
T-RCED-92-19: Published: Jan 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 1992.
GAO discussed the Packers and Stockyards Administration's (PSA) current role in overseeing the livestock and meat-packing industries. GAO noted that: (1) national concentration in the meat-packing industry has increased during the last two decades; (2) such high concentration underscores the need for PSA to monitor for anticompetitive behavior; (3) livestock procurement markets are regional, but P...
Grain Inspection: Evaluation of USDA Study on Wheat Protein Measurement
RCED-88-50: Published: Nov 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Federal Grain Inspection Service's (FGIS) study which resulted in a change in the way FGIS conducts wheat protein measurement.GAO found that: (1) FGIS used appropriate statistical techniques and sampling methods in its study; (2) FGIS compared wheat protein content measurements using two methods, the Kjeldahl...