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Internal Controls: Improvements Needed in a USDA Receivable System
AFMD-87-3: Published: Jun 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1987.
GAO evaluated the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) billings and collections system (BLCO) to assess: (1) the adequacy of BLCO automated data processing controls and internal controls over processing; (2) the actions USDA took to correct BLCO weaknesses; and (3) BLCO compliance with certain legal requirements in the areas of cash and debt management.GAO noted that BLCO is operated by the USDA Nat...
U.S. Grain Exports: Concerns About Quality
RCED-86-134: Published: May 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated U.S. grain export practices, focusing on: (1) the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) system for receiving foreign complaints about the quality of exported grain; (2) the Federal Grain Inspection Service's (FGIS) surveys about the practice of removing grain dust from stored grain for safety reasons, then adding it back to the grain before export...
Regulation of the Poultry Industry Under the Packers and Stockyards Act
RCED-84-110: Published: Apr 13, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 1984.
GAO studied the poultry industry and the regulation of the industry by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), focusing on: (1) industry structure; (2) differences between regulation of the poultry and the livestock industries; and (3) issues and concerns affecting regulation of the poultry industry.GAO found that the poultry industry has changed from one of small independent producers into a highly...
Agricultural Marketing Act Inspections Should Be Administered by Single USDA Agency
CED-82-69: Published: May 21, 1982. Publicly Released: May 21, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture (USDA) food and inspection grading activities carried out under the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946. Responsibility within USDA for these activities is currently shared by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS); GAO also reviewed this division of responsibility.GAO found that FGIS relies on local individ...
The Packers and Stockyards Administration's Regulatory Reform Activities
CED-82-11: Published: Nov 16, 1981. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 1981.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's Packers and Stockyards Administration's (P&SA) regulatory reform activities. GAO was particularly interested in the P&SA task force which was established in January 1981 to review and recommend changes in P&SA regulations and policy statements to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on the livestock industry. GAO...
Grain Inspection and Weighing Systems in the Interior of the United States--An Evaluation
CED-80-62: Published: Apr 14, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1980.
The Grain Standards Act made a number of substantive changes to improve the interior (nonexport) grain inspection and weighing systems and authorized the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) to establish an interior grain weight supervision system. Under the existing systems, the Administrator of FGIS designates agencies to provide inspection and weight supervision services, licenses the agenci...
Federal Export Grain Inspection and Weighing Programs: Improvements Can Make Them More Effective and Less Costly
CED-80-15: Published: Nov 30, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1979.
An evaluation was made of the official inspection and weighing systems for U.S. grain being exported to foreign buyers as they are implemented at U.S. export locations. The systems are required by the Grain Standards Act of 1976 and are administered by the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS).Foreign buyers perceived some improvements in the quality and weights of U.S. grain shipments since the...
Progress and Problems in Implementing the Grain Standards Act of 1976
CED-78-73: Published: Feb 27, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1978.
The Grain Standards Act of 1976 requires the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to revise, improve, and expand the national grain inspection system and to establish a national weighing system. USDA and GAO are required to conduct studies of inspection and weighing procedures and management practices in the interior marketing areas. An interim review of the progress the Federal Grain Inspection Servi...