Economic development (41 - 50 of 203 items)
Soil Conservation Service Reorganization
RCED-92-254R: Published: Aug 7, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1992.
GAO reviewed the effects of the consolidation of field offices within the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) to determine: (1) how the benefits of the SCS technical assistance and other services should be evaluated; and (2) what work-load indicators should be considered in developing plans to consolidate SCS field offices. GAO found that: (1) if the Department of Agriculture (USDA) used appropriate c...
Agriculture Payments: Number of Individuals Receiving 1990 Deficiency Payments and the Amounts
RCED-92-163FS: Published: Apr 27, 1992. Publicly Released: May 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed information for crop year 1990, focusing on the: (1) number of individuals that received income support payments in their own name through entities, general partnerships, and joint ventures, for participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) farm programs; and (2) amount of those payments.GAO found that: (1) USDA made payments to prod...
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...
Food Safety and Quality: Limitations of FDA's Bottled Water Survey and Options for Better Oversight
RCED-92-87: Published: Feb 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) 1990 Bottled Water Survey, focusing on whether the FDA: (1) survey results were representative of the nation's bottled water supply; (2) tests covered all regulated contaminants; and (3) testing for unregulated contaminants was warranted.GAO found that: (1) FDA did not base the 1990 bottled w...
Department of Agriculture: Mismanagement of Nationwide Food Consumption Survey
T-RCED-92-7: Published: Oct 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) mismanagement of the Nationwide Food Consumption Survey. GAO noted that: (1) such data collection problems as low household response rates, complex and lengthy questions, deviation from the planned survey design, lax data quality controls, and inadequate interviewer training adversely impacted the survey's results; (2) the Human Nutrition Inform...
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...
Food Safety and Quality: Stronger FDA Standards and Oversight Needed for Bottled Water
RCED-91-67: Published: Mar 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the adequacy of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) bottled water standards, focusing on the: (1) effectiveness of the FDA oversight program; (2) regulation of drinking water sold in interstate commerce; and (3) reliability of terms and graphics used on bottled water labels.GAO found that FDA: (1) did not comply with the Federal Food, Drug, an...
FDA Could Do More to Ensure the Safety of Bottled Water
T-RCED-91-29: Published: Apr 10, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1991.
GAO discussed the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) efforts to ensure the safety of bottled water. GAO noted that: (1) FDA had not complied with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requirements since 1976, or since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted revised health-based drinking water standards; (2) EPA issued drinking water standards for 32 substances and projected that it...
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...
Rangeland Management: BLM Efforts to Prevent Unauthorized Livestock Grazing Need Strengthening
RCED-91-17: Published: Dec 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) efforts to detect and deter unauthorized livestock grazing on public rangelands.GAO found that BLM: (1) did not know the full extent of grazing trespass on its allotments, although such violations occurred frequently; (2) identified staffing shortfalls as a major obstacle in conducting a more effective trespass...