Economic development (21 - 30 of 72 items)
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Revitalizing and Streamlining the Department
T-RCED-92-53: Published: Apr 8, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1992.
GAO discussed the overall effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management processes and organizational structure, focusing on: (1) the challenges of rapidly changing world markets, new customer needs, and emerging issues; (2) opportunities for streamlining the existing USDA field structure; and (3) USDA efforts to respond to previous GAO recommendations. GAO noted that: (1) alth...
Farmers Home Administration: Farmer Program Assistance to Beginning Farmers
T-RCED-92-4: Published: Oct 8, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 8, 1991.
GAO discussed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) assistance to individuals interested in starting farming operations. GAO noted that: (1) in fiscal year (FY) 1988, 81 percent of the $2.2 billion that FmHA loaned or guaranteed went to individuals who already held FmHA loans and were not likely to be just starting farming operations; (2) only 19 percent of FmHA loans went to new customers who...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Farm Agencies' Field Structure Needs Major Overhaul
RCED-91-9: Published: Jan 29, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1991.
GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management operations and practices, focusing on identifying incremental and structural ways to improve the overall management of the decentralized USDA field structure.GAO found that: (1) although USDA initiated many agency-specific programs to improve government financial management, enhance productivity, and provide better servi...
Information on Timber Harvesting, Planting, Federal Assistance Programs, and Tax Provisions
T-RCED-90-45: Published: Mar 8, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1990.
GAO discussed timber harvesting and planting, federal timber assistance programs, and tax laws affecting the timber industry. GAO noted that: (1) timber harvesting increased 4 percent from 1986 to 1988, and timber planting increased 23 percent over the same period; (2) about 90 percent of the increase in tree planting resulted from three Department of Agriculture programs; (3) tax provisions affec...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Need for Improved Workforce Planning
RCED-90-97: Published: Mar 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1990.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) personnel management, focusing on the effectiveness of its workforce planning efforts.GAO found that: (1) USDA was experiencing problems in recruiting, training, and managing its personnel, primarily because it lacked an effective strategy for determining and meeting workforce needs; (2) USDA needed a departmental recruiting program to avoid intr...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Status of the Food and Agriculture Councils Needs to Be Elevated
RCED-90-29: Published: Nov 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1989.
GAO described the Food and Agriculture Councils (FAC) and reviewed ways to revitalize FAC as a strategic management tool for the Department of Agriculture (USDA).GAO found that: (1) USDA established FAC in 1982 to facilitate the flow of USDA-wide initiatives to the state and local levels and to provide feedback on issues affecting farm communities; (2) because USDA transferred FAC out of the Offic...
Farm Programs: Conservation Reserve Program Could Be Less Costly and More Effective
RCED-90-13: Published: Nov 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).GAO noted that: (1) 6 percent of about 28 million CRP-enrolled acres were planted in trees, making CRP one of the largest public tree-planting programs, despite falling short of the USDA 12.5-percent goal; (2) USDA was not targeting the highest erodible land first, because i...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Interim Report on Ways to Enhance Management
RCED-90-19: Published: Oct 26, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 1989.
GAO assessed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management and potential organizational improvements.GAO found that: (1) many major USDA agencies and programs are very mature and have developed traditions, views, and constituencies independent of USDA; (2) this organizational structure hampers USDA in its efforts to perform its mission, and strong ties between the agencies, Congress, and const...
Farmers Home Administration: Implementation Issues Concerning Four Sections of the Food Security Act
RCED-89-71: Published: Jun 19, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) lack of progress in applying the homestead protection, lease/buy-back, conservation easement, and softwood timber provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985.GAO found that: (1) because of inadequate FmHA records, it could not fully determine why some of the provisions were not more widely used and could not...
Agriculture: Progress Made Toward Goals of 1985 Farm Bill
RCED-89-76BR: Published: Mar 30, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the results of 1985 farm legislation, focusing on whether the law: (1) stabilized the financially stressed farm economy; (2) enhanced U.S. competitiveness as a supplier in world agricultural markets; and (3) prevented the buildup of large surplus stocks.GAO found that: (1) most economic indicators had improved since 1985, but it was uncertain how m...