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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...
Food Stamp Automation: Some Benefits Achieved; Federal Incentive Funding No Longer Needed
RCED-90-9: Published: Jan 24, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Food Stamp Program automation costs and benefits in selected state-wide and locally administered programs, focusing on: (1) whether automation helped state agencies to improve program administration and reduce errors; (2) automation costs; and (3) the continued need for federal automation incentives.GAO found that: (1) Food Stamp Program automation...
Food Assistance: USDA's Implementation of Legislated Commodity Distribution Reforms
RCED-90-12: Published: Dec 5, 1989. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) implementation of legislated commodity distribution reforms at the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), and Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS).GAO found that: (1) USDA had implemented 25 of 31 legislated reforms by May 1989; (2) USDA attributed delay...
GAO Audits of the Commodity Food Area
T-RCED-90-15: Published: Nov 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1989.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) implementation of 31 legislatively mandated commodity distribution program reforms, focusing on the commodity food distribution program at four Indian reservations. GAO noted that: (1) to implement the reforms, USDA ordered a comprehensive review of the commodity distribution program, established special commodity initiatives to improve commodit...
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...
Supplemental Food Program: Using Cost Saving Methods Could Increase Participation
RCED-88-35BR: Published: Oct 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO estimated the number of additional participants states could add to the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) if they purchased infant formula at less than retail cost.GAO estimated that: (1) nationwide, states could serve 221,400 to 630,200 additional eligible WIC participants with savings achieved if they purchased fo...
Food Stamp Program: Trends in Program Applications, Participation, and Denials
RCED-87-80BR: Published: Apr 2, 1987. Publicly Released: May 11, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on trends in the: (1) number of households applying for food stamp benefits; (2) number of applications approved and denied; (3) number of households participating in the Food Stamp Program; and (4) percentage of households experiencing improper denial or termination of food stamp benefits.GAO found that, from fiscal years (FY) 1983 through 1985...
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...
Need To Foster Optimal Use of Resources in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
RCED-85-105: Published: Sep 27, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) operates. GAO attempted to determine how to obtain the maximum benefit from the use of WIC resources, focusing on: (1) the extent to which state and local WIC agencies attempt to target WIC benefits on the basis of need; (2) FNS pr...
GAO Review of the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children
127184: Jun 17, 1985
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which provides supplemental foods and nutrition counseling to pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to 5 years of age who meet specific income criteria. GAO found that WIC benefits were not routinely being targeted on a priority basis to eligible individuals who...