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Millions Could Be Saved by Improving Integrity of the Food Stamp Program's Authorization-To-Participate System
CED-82-34: Published: Jan 29, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) use of the Authorization-to-Participate (ATP) system, the Food Stamp Program's principal benefit delivery method. The purpose of the review was to make a preliminary assessment of the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) efforts to ensure the integrity of the system, which will deliver about $8 billion of the estimated $10.6 billion in food stamp b...
Agency Responsibilities To Keep Informed of Personnel Needs in the Food and Agricultural Sciences
CED-82-25: Published: Dec 28, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1981.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) activities in carrying out the agency's responsibility to keep abreast of personnel needs in the food and agricultural sciences. The objective of the review was to assess how well USDA fulfilled its duties as defined in the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977.GAO found that the USDA Office of Higher Education worked with university representatives t...
Federal Role in Developing Grain Subterminals Should Be Coordinated by USDA
CED-81-101: Published: May 14, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1981.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed selected activities on the development of subterminal grain storage facilities. The review was concentrated in States with significant grain production, available information, and the potential for subterminal development and improvement. The GAO objective was to gain an understanding of subterminal development benefits, obstacles, and potential...
U.S. Grain Transportation Network Needs System Perspective To Meet Future World Needs
CED-81-59: Published: Apr 8, 1981. Publicly Released: May 8, 1981.
GAO examined the grain transportation system. It identified actual and potential bottlenecks, explained their significance, and explored the status of activities addressing them. The grain transportation system in the United States is complex and interrelated and involves railroads, waterways, roads, and ports. Changes and events in one area affect all others, straining their ability to perform ef...
Department of Agriculture Should Have More Authority To Assess User Charges
CED-81-49: Published: Apr 16, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1981.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides a wide range of marketing and regulatory services. Marked differences exist in the degree to which recipients bear the costs of these services. As a result, certain sectors of the agricultural marketing industry are receiving preferential treatment at the taxpayers' expense.If recipients were charged for all costs except those which can be readily iden...
Review of Financial Statements of Commodity Credit Corporation
114893: Mar 12, 1981
The financial statements of the Commodity Credit Corporation were reviewed. The Corporation determines its cash requirements on a daily basis and, on the basis of these determinations, either borrows from or repays the Department of the Treasury. The Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), a part of the Corporation, was specifically reviewed.Several weaknesses that prevent prom...
Comments on Food Advertising Proposals
CED-81-27: Published: Nov 7, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1980.
Hundreds of programs exist, and billions of dollars are being spent by both public and private parties, to promote and supply information on food. The Federal Trade Commission, along with other agencies, is attempting to coordinate these efforts.Primary Federal agencies interested in food and nutrition have cooperated and coordinated their activities. These efforts have aided in the beginning of a...
Need for Comprehensive Pesticide Use Data
CED-80-145: Published: Sep 30, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1980.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs to have accurate and comprehensive information on pesticide usage to assess a pesticide's potential risks and benefits to humans and the environment and to improve the overall management of its pesticide programs. GAO examined sources of pesticide usage information were examined at EPA, other Federal and State agencies, and private organizations.EPA...
Areas Needing Improvement in the Adult Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
CED-80-138: Published: Sep 4, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1980.
GAO made a limited assessment of the Adult Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). In April 1980, GAO testified before the subcommittee on overall program operations and on program activities. EFNEP has the potential for improving and maintaining people's health through better diets and for saving money through knowledgeable food purchases. Ignorance about nutrition is not limited t...
The Cooperative Extension Service Should Provide Farmers With More Information on Farm Credit Sources
CED-80-45: Published: Feb 27, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1980.
Farmers are finding more than ever that borrowing is a necessity. However, information on sources of credit, interest rates and terms, and how to apply for farm credit is available only on a piecemeal basis from lenders, the Cooperative Extension Service, and other sources. While the supply of credit from the numerous farm lenders has generally been adequate to meet the needs of qualified borrower...