Financial management systems (1 - 10 of 10 items)
Homeland Security: Agriculture Inspection Program Has Made Some Improvements, but Management Challenges Persist
GAO-12-885: Published: Sep 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2012.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have taken steps to implement all seven of the recommendations GAO made in 2006 to improve the Agriculture Quarantine Inspection (AQI) program, but they face challenges in fully implementing four of them. Specifically, DHS and USDA have implemented GAO's recommendations to improve information sharing, review DH...
Homeland Security: Survey of DHS Agriculture Specialists (GAO-12-884SP, September 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-885
GAO-12-884SP: Published: Sep 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2012.
This is an E-supplement to GAO-12-885. This e-supplement is a companion to our report on the Agriculture Quarantine Inspection (AQI) program, Homeland Security: Agriculture Inspection Program Has Made Some Improvements but Management Challenges Persist (GAO-12-885). The purpose of this e-supplement is to provide information from a web-based survey of agriculture specialists and supervisors, includ...
Agricultural Conservation: USDA Should Improve Its Methods for Estimating Technical Assistance Costs
GAO-05-58: Published: Nov 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 2005.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), working with state and local partners, provides landowners with technical assistance for multiple programs to plan and implement conservation measures that protect soil, water, and wildlife. For years, the Congress has been seeking detailed cost information on this assistance as it examined USDA budget reque...
Department of Agriculture: Status of Efforts to Address Major Financial Management Challenges
GAO-03-871T: Published: Jun 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2003.
In January, we issued our Performance and Accountability Series on management challenges and program risks at major agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report for USDA focused on a number of major management challenges, including enhancing financial management, and continued the high risk designation for Forest Service financial management. For many years, USDA strug...
Agriculture: NFC Moratorium
AIMD-94-77R: Published: Feb 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Finance Center (NFC), focusing on the: (1) reasons for the USDA moratorium on accepting additional agencies as customers for NFC; and (2) savings the Departments of the Treasury and Justice will realize by switching to the NFC payroll and personnel system. GAO noted that: (1) USDA impos...
Revitalizing USDA: A Challenge for the 21st Century
T-RCED-93-32: Published: Apr 22, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1993.
GAO discussed the overall effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management processes and systems, focusing on: (1) solutions to USDA organizational and structural problems; (2) USDA streamlining efforts; and (3) issues involved with USDA revitalization. GAO noted that: (1) USDA organizational structure has not adequately managed many of the emerging rural development and biotechn...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Revitalizing Structure, Systems, and Strategies
RCED-91-168: Published: Sep 3, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 1991.
GAO presented its overall observations on the revitalization of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) structure, systems, and strategies.GAO found that: (1) the USDA organizational structure remains essentially unchanged since the 1930s and is not responsive to the new challenges facing it; (2) organizational mechanisms are needed to coordinate and integrate diverse USDA responsibilities in such...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Strengthening Management Systems to Support Secretarial Goals
RCED-91-49: Published: Jul 31, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1991.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) financial, information, and human resources management systems to identify ways in which they could be improved.GAO found that: (1) internal control and accounting weaknesses in USDA financial management systems limit its capability to produce accurate financial information for its managers and report on the financial conditions of its programs,...
Foreign Assistance: Non-Emergency Food Aid Provided Through Private Voluntary Organizations
NSIAD-90-179: Published: Jul 24, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed non-emergency food aid programs sponsored by private voluntary organizations (PVO) and cooperatives in Saharan Africa, focusing on whether PVO: (1) were less willing to sponsor non-emergency projects, particularly in Africa; (2) encountered implementation problems that affected their willingness to continue sponsoring projects, and whether those pr...
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...