National Agricultural Statistics Service (21 - 28 of 28 items)
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...
Dairy Industry: Information on Prices for Fluid Milk and the Factors That Influence Them
RCED-99-4: Published: Oct 8, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed issues concerning the pricing and marketing of fluid milk, focusing on: (1) the factors that influence the price of fluid milk as it moves from the farm to the consumer; (2) the portion of the average retail price of a gallon of fluid milk that is received by farmers, cooperatives, wholesalers, and retailers in selected markets across the country;...
Statistical Agencies: Statutory Requirements Affecting Government Policies and Programs
GGD-96-106: Published: Jul 17, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided a listing of legislatively mandated reports that statistical agencies produce for Congress on a regular basis, focusing on the statutory authority for these reports.GAO found that: (1) the 11 principal statistical agencies are subject to a variety of laws that authorize statistical activities, prevent the unauthorized disclosure of confidential inf...
Short-Term Forecasting: Accuracy of USDA's Meat Forecasts and Estimates
PEMD-91-16: Published: May 6, 1991. Publicly Released: May 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the accuracy of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) short-term forecasts and estimates of meat production, prices, and inventories.GAO found that: (1) between 1983 and 1988, overall bias error was less than 3 percent for all the USDA short-term cattle, hog, and broiler production and price forecasts, and overall total error was less than 6 perce...
Equal Employment: Minority Representation at USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service
GGD-91-31BR: Published: Mar 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service's (NASS) equal employment opportunity (EEO) upward mobility program (UMP) and merit promotion process, focusing on: (1) NASS compliance with its merit plan promotion requirements; (2) the extent to which NASS employees filed discrimination complaints regarding UMP; (3) NASS ef...
Direct Farmer-to-Consumer Marketing Program Should Be Continued and Improved
CED-80-65: Published: Jul 9, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1980.
The Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1976 authorized $3 million for Federal grants to initiate, encourage, develop, or coordinate methods of direct marketing from farmers to consumers. The Federal Direct Marketing Program, a pilot effort which began with the Act, ends after the 1980 growing season. Designed to give farmers higher returns and consumers cheaper, fresher food, the program h...
Corrective Action, Reported by Department of Agriculture on a Factor Involving Federal Rice Deficiency Payments, Has Not Been Implemented
CED-80-48: Published: Jan 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1980.
On June 25, 1979, it was reported to Congress that the Economics, Statistics, and Cooperatives Service, which is the statistics agency of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), disagreed with a GAO proposal that it include in its computation of the national average market price of rice a factor to recognize the drying costs involved when farmers deliver green (high moisture) rice rather than dry ri...
Agriculture's Statistics Agency:--Computation of Average Market Price of Rice Questioned--Independent Evaluation and Unimpeded GAO Access to Records Needed
CED-79-85: Published: Jun 25, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1979.
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economics, Statistics, and Cooperatives Service needs to develop better price data for determining the national average market price farmers will receive for rice as the data are used to calculate federal deficiency payments. Neither the program's authorizing legislation nor its legislative history indicates how the average price should be determined.The Serv...