Natural Resources Conservation Service (21 - 30 of 56 items)
Conservation Reserve Program: Funding Requirements for the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Technical Assistance
RCED-99-247R: Published: Aug 5, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the funding requirements for the technical assistance that the Natural Resources Conservation Service provides to the Conservation Reserve Program, focusing on: (1) the nature and costs of the Conservation Service's technical assistance; (2) the reasons the Conservation Service suspended its technical assistance for the program; (3)...
Animal Agriculture: Waste Management Practices
RCED-99-205: Published: Jul 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on animal waste management practices, focusing on: (1) waste management practices used in the United States; (2) practices used in other countries; (3) potential new practices based on technologies transferred from other industries; (4) federal financial and technical assistance available to producers for waste management and the proces...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Administrative Streamlining Is Expected to Continue Through 2002
RCED-99-34: Published: Dec 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) progress in streamlining its administrative operations, focusing on USDA's efforts to: (1) reduce the number of administrative staff departmentwide; (2) consolidate and streamline administrative support structures for seven field-based agencies, particularly at the state office level; and (3) me...
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...
Managing for Results: Measuring Program Results That Are Under Limited Federal Control
GGD-99-16: Published: Dec 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 1998.
GAO provided information on agencies' efforts to implement the Government Performance and Results Act, focusing on six case studies of how agencies were able to address the challenge of developing performance measures for outcome goals that are influenced by external factors.GAO noted that: (1) the six case studies GAO studied shared the challenge of having limited control over the achievement of...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Status of Closing and Consolidating County Offices
T-RCED-98-250: Published: Jul 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the status of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) consolidation and closure of its county offices for three of its field-based organizations--the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development mission area, focusing on: (1) the data reported by USDA to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, a...
Wetlands Overview: Problems With Acreage Data Persist
RCED-98-150: Published: Jul 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) developed an inventory of the federal agencies involved in wetlands-related activities and the funding and staffing associated with their activities during fiscal years (FY) 1990 through 1997; and (2) determined if the data on wetlands acreage reported by these agencies are consistent and reliable.GAO noted that: (1) at least 36 agencies conducted wetl...
Farm Programs: Service to Farmers Will Likely Change as Farm Service Agency Continues to Reduce Staff and Close Offices
RCED-98-136: Published: May 1, 1998. Publicly Released: May 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of actual and proposed staff reductions and office closings by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) on the quality of service to farmers.GAO noted that: (1) FSA's staff reductions and office closures to date do not appear to have affected the quality of service provided to farmers; (2) according to the Department of Agriculture's 1997 customer...
Commodity Credit Corporation: Information on the Availability, Use, and Management of Funds
RCED-98-114: Published: Apr 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds are spent and controlled, focusing on: (1) how much money CCC had available and spent in fiscal years (FY) 1996 and 1997, including the sources of these funds and the programs and activities for which they were used; (2) the management practices used to control CCC funds; (3) whether CCC's...
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Environmental Quality Incentives Program
OGC-97-50: Published: Jun 12, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) new rule on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). GAO noted that: (1) the final rule would establish EQIP to assume the functions of the repealed Agricultural Conservation, the Great Plains Conservation, the Water Quality Incentives, and the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Programs and...