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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...
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...
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...
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...
Compliance With Limitations on Payments to Farmers
CED-79-31: Published: Jan 4, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1979.
The administration of the payment limitation program by the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) in Oklahoma was reviewed. For wheat, feed grain, rice, and upland cotton programs in 1980 and 1981, total direct payments are not to exceed $50,000.At the three county ASCS offices in Oklahoma that were reviewed, it was found that steps are needed to strengthen county office admi...
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...
Recommended Dietary Allowances: More Research and Better Food Guides Needed
CED-78-169: Published: Nov 30, 1978. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1978.
Recommended dietary allowances in planning diets, evaluating nutritional contents of food, establishing guidelines for food labeling, and developing new food products can be used properly only when their meanings are understood.Recommended dietary allowances are considered to be too complex for use by the consumer and are intended to be used by the professional nutritionist or dietitian. Although...
Future of the National Nutrition Intelligence System
CED-79-5: Published: Nov 7, 1978. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1978.
The United States does not have a unified or coordinated nutrition intelligence system, but both the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) have programs which provide some of this information. With limitations, the existing programs provide: (1) periodic national population surveys to assess and monitor the dietary and nutritional status of the...
What Causes Food Prices To Rise? What Can Be Done About It?
CED-78-170: Published: Sep 8, 1978. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1978.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), food price levels increased 57 percent from the beginning of 1970 through 1976, including a 31-percent increase in 1973 and 1974. The Consumer Price Index shows that over the last 50 years food prices have been susceptible to wider fluctuations than the prices of other goods. Farm prices and food prices are generally generated in two different mar...