Appropriations (31 - 40 of 42 items)
Department of Agriculture and Producer Costs To Operate the Tobacco Program
RCED-85-30: Published: Feb 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) whether the tobacco program operated at no net cost to the government; (2) whether assessments against tobacco producers were sufficient to meet possible losses in stored tobacco purchased with Department of Agriculture (USDA) loans; (3) the extent to which active tobacco farmers have purchased allotments or quotas and whether l...
Department of Agriculture's Acquisition and Distribution of Commodities for Its 1983 Payment-in-Kind Program
RCED-84-137: Published: Sep 25, 1984. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-in-Kind (PIK) program, which compensates farmers who withhold production of any of five types of commodities with certain amounts of the crops they would otherwise have harvested.GAO found that, in 1983, producers idled about 48 million of the 212 million acres USDA had expected to be planted in the fi...
Small Percentage of Military Families Eligible for Food Stamps
FPCD-83-25: Published: Apr 19, 1983. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1983.
GAO determined whether the reportedly large percentage of military families eligible for food stamps actually met the benefits criteria, and it reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) program administrative practices.GAO found that only a small percentage of military families are eligible to receive food stamps and most of those families qualify only because their government-furnished hous...
Need for Greater Efforts To Recover Costs of Food Stamps Obtained Through Errors or Fraud
RCED-83-40: Published: Feb 4, 1983. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1983.
GAO conducted a review of the Food Stamp Program to see if improvements have been made in the identification and recovery of overissuances and the adjudication of cases involving alleged fraud since a 1977 report.During fiscal years 1980 and 1981, the federal government lost about $2 billion through state overissuances of food stamp benefits, and eligible households received about $500 million les...
USDA Needs Objective Criteria for Awarding Special Disaster Payments
RCED-83-54: Published: Nov 2, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to award special disaster payments estimated between $200 million and $250 million in 83 counties in the Southwest. The review focused on: (1) USDA criteria for designating counties to receive disaster payments, and (2) the equity of the USDA decision concerning counties other than those designated...
Congressional Decision Needed on Necessity of Federal Wool Program
CED-82-86: Published: Aug 2, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's wool incentive payment program to determine whether it is accomplishing its objectives and whether these objectives are still valid.The federal wool incentive program has had little effect on encouraging wool production and improving wool quality because decisions to raise sheep are based primarily on the profitability of the lamb market. Since most pro...
What Can Be Done To Improve Nutrition Education Efforts in the Schools
CED-82-65: Published: May 25, 1982. Publicly Released: May 25, 1982.
GAO reviewed the importance of nutrition education in the schools as it relates to: (1) improving eating habits, (2) reducing food waste, and (3) aiding or reducing the need for other federally supported nutrition education activities. GAO also discussed the status of nutrition education in the schools and what the Federal Government can do to help improve it.GAO found that neither the Department...
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...
Efforts To Improve School Lunch Programs--Are They Paying Off?
CED-81-121: Published: Sep 9, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1981.
School food service programs across the Nation, especially in high schools, are having difficulty in effectively providing lunches to the Nation's children. Many programs are faced with increasing meal costs, declining student participation, plate waste, and unanswered questions about the nutrients in the meals. GAO reviewed seven school districts to determine if their innovative approaches were s...