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Farmers Home Administration: Sounder Loans Would Require Revised Loan-Making Criteria
RCED-89-9: Published: Feb 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) loan policies and practices to determine: (1) whether FmHA used adequate criteria to make and service loans; (2) how FmHA loan policies affected borrower equity; (3) whether security for FmHA loans was adequate; and (4) the potential impact of FmHA-proposed loan criteria on existing borrowers.GAO found th...
Farmers Home Administration: Farm Loan Programs Have Become a Continuous Source of Subsidized Credit
RCED-89-3: Published: Nov 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) farm loan graduation policies and procedures to determine: (1) whether FmHA followed legislative mandates to graduate successful borrowers; (2) the extent to which FmHA was a long-term source of credit; and (3) the amount of government interest-rate subsidy and financial advantage FmHA borrowers received.GAO...
Food Stamp Program: Administrative Hindrances to Participation
RCED-89-4: Published: Oct 21, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether federal regulations and certain state and local practices and procedures discourage or prevent eligible persons from participating in the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) Food Stamp Program.GAO found that some local offices: (1) had limited office hours and restrictive interviewing schedules; (2) required households to complete screening...
Biotechnology: Managing the Risks of Field Testing Genetically Engineered Organisms
RCED-88-27: Published: Jun 13, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal risk management of genetically engineered organisms intended for agricultural and health uses in the environment, focusing on Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policies.GAO found that: (1) because no laws specifically regulate genetically engineered organisms,...
Food Marketing: Frozen Pizza Cheese--Representative of Broader Food Labeling Issues
RCED-88-70: Published: Mar 31, 1988. Publicly Released: May 5, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) regulatory issues concerning the labelling of frozen pizzas whose toppings include a manufactured cheese analog; and (2) related concerns about food labelling issues.GAO found that: (1) the Department of Agriculture (USDA), unlike the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), does not require disclosure of cheese analog on frozen p...
Food Stamp Program: Evaluation of Improper Denial or Termination Error Rates
RCED-88-12: Published: Oct 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the accuracy of Maryland's and Illinois's reporting of improper denial or termination error rates under the Food Stamp Program for fiscal year (FY) 1985.GAO found that: (1) Illinois and Maryland detected 40 and 15 percent, respectively, of the improper denials or terminations that it found; (2) projected error rates were 22.5 percent for Illinois a...
Imported Meat and Livestock: Chemical Residue Detection and the Issue of Labeling
RCED-87-142: Published: Sep 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1987.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) effectiveness in detecting prohibited chemical residues and foreign matter in imported meat items and live animals.GAO found that: (1) although the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) developed an annual plan in 1986 which included 406 chemicals for consideration and 100 for testing, it lacked detailed, current information on the chemicals...
Farm Payments: Basic Changes Needed To Avoid Abuse of the $50,000 Payment Limit
RCED-87-176: Published: Jul 20, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1987.
GAO reviewed the: (1) Department of Agriculture's (USDA) administration of the $50,000 limit on direct agricultural support payments; and (2) impact on farm programs of individuals who reorganize their farming operations to qualify for additional payments.GAO found that: (1) if the current trend in reorganizations continues through 1989, 31,300 additional persons could receive payments, which woul...
Grain Shipments: Agriculture Can Reduce Costs by Increased Use of Negotiated Rail Rates
RCED-87-42: Published: Jan 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the methods that the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) used to ship government grain by rail, focusing on: (1) the extent to which USDA negotiated rate and service concessions with railroads, in comparison with private grain shippers and other government agencies; (2) savings that resul...
Food Stamp Program: Restoration of Improperly Denied or Terminated Benefits
RCED-87-51: Published: Oct 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) how federal and state administrative practices affect the participation of persons eligible for Food Stamp Program benefits; and (2) a problem in Illinois' procedures relating to the restoration of food stamp benefits to persons whose benefits were improperly denied or terminated.GAO found that, although states are responsible for local adm...