Food assistance programs (41 - 49 of 49 items)
The Management System for Identifying and Correcting Problems in the Food Stamp Program Can Work Better
RCED-84-94: Published: May 30, 1984. Publicly Released: May 30, 1984.
GAO reviewed the corrective action process used by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to encourage states to solve Food Stamp Program problems.GAO found that FNS has taken some actions to help states develop and implement corrective action plans. However, FNS regions had approved some state plans which did not cover all major problems, or which proposed corrective actions which were inadequate f...
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...
The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)--How Can It Work Better?
CED-79-55: Published: Feb 27, 1979. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1979.
A follow-on review of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) was conducted.Several WIC programs did not provide needed health services as requested by Congress. Many of the programs were affected by the following: (1) required professional assessments of applicants' nutritional status were not being made in some locations; (2...
Regulation of Retailers Authorized To Accept Food Stamps Should Be Strengthened
CED-78-183: Published: Dec 28, 1978. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1978.
The Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) authorizes and regulates retailers who participate in its food stamp program. Approximately 270,000 retailers are authorized to accept food stamps. In fiscal 1977, $8 billion worth of stamps were redeemed by 17 million participants.Criteria for authorization of retailers are unclear, and authorize such firms as pastry shops, gas sta...
Federal Domestic Food Assistance Programs: A Time for Assessment and Change
CED-78-113: Published: Jun 13, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1978.
Thirteen major federal domestic programs, costing several billion dollars annually, provide food or food-related assistance to needy Americans. The programs are administered by the Department of Agriculture (USDA); the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW); and the Community Services Administration (CSA).These programs have helped many people obtain more adequate diets. However, the l...
Food: Reports, Legislation and Information Sources
CED-78-37: Published: May 1, 1978. Publicly Released: May 1, 1978.
This publication contains over 500 citations and abstracts of food-related documents. Topics covered include: domestic feeding programs, food and safety quality, nutrition, food production resources, farm marketing and distribution, price supports, food aid, trade policy, population control, and food policy. The appendices include: selected congressional committee prints, pertinent references from...
Problems Persist in the Puerto Rico Food Stamp Program, the Nation's Largest
CED-78-84: Published: Apr 27, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1978.
In 1971, legislation was enacted which authorized the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to participate in the food stamp program; today, the Puerto Rico program is the largest food stamp operation in the nation in terms of both the percentage of population participating and the total value of stamps issued monthly.Problems have existed in the Puerto Rico program since it began, but little was done in th...
Food Stamp Work Requirements: Ineffective Paperwork or Effective Tool?
CED-78-60: Published: Apr 24, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1978.
Since 1971, able-bodied adults who receive food stamps and are not exempted by law have been required to register for and accept employment. These requirements were intended to affect the program in two ways: by finding recipients jobs so that they would no longer need assistance and by denying stamps to those who are able but unwilling to work.The food stamp program's work registration requiremen...
The Food Stamp Program: Overissued Benefits Not Recovered and Fraud Not Punished
CED-77-112: Published: Jul 18, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1977.
The Government is losing over half a billion dollars annually because of overissued food stamp benefits caused by errors, misrepresentation, and suspected fraud by recipients and by errors of local food stamp offices.For every $100 of the more than $5 billion annual benefits issued nationally, overissuances account for about $12; only about 12 cents of that $12 have been recovered. The eight local...