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Food Stamp Program: Use of Alternative Methods to Apply for and Maintain Benefits Could Be Enhanced by Additional Evaluation and Information on Promising Practices
GAO-07-573: Published: May 3, 2007. Publicly Released: May 3, 2007.
One in 12 Americans participates in the federal Food Stamp Program, administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). States have begun offering individuals alternatives to visiting the local assistance office to apply for and maintain benefits, such as mail-in procedures, call centers, and on-line services. GAO was asked to examine: (1) what alternative methods states are using to increase pr...
Food Stamp Program: FNS Could Improve Guidance and Monitoring to Help Ensure Appropriate Use of Noncash Categorical Eligibility
GAO-07-465: Published: Mar 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2007.
In fiscal year 2005, the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Stamp Program served over 25 million individuals per month, on average, providing over $28 billion in benefits for the year. To reduce the administrative burden on state agencies, current food stamp regulations allow households that receive or are authorized to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) noncash services t...
Food Stamp Program: Payment Errors and Trafficking Have Declined despite Increased Program Participation
GAO-07-422T: Published: Jan 31, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2007.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Stamp Program is intended to help low-income individuals and families obtain a better diet by supplementing their income with benefits to purchase food. USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the states jointly implement the Food Stamp Program, which is to be reauthorized when it expires in fiscal year 2007. This testimony discusses our past wo...
Agricultural Conservation: USDA Should Improve Its Management of Key Conservation Programs to Ensure Payments Promote Environmental Goals
GAO-07-370T: Published: Jan 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2007.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Security Program (CSP), administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), are designed to promote conservation goals. In recently issued reports on these programs, GAO assessed (1) NRCS's process for allocating EQIP funds to the states to optimize environmental benefits...
Farm Loan Programs: GAO Reports on USDA Lending Practices
GAO-06-912R: Published: Jun 28, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2006.
This report responds to a Congressional request for information relating to a June 13, 2006 Congressional hearing on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) farm loan programs. In particular, the May 16, 2006 letter requested that we summarize our findings from the 1990s through 2002 on USDA's farm loan programs. Congress also requested that we provide any GAO opinions on the current managemen...
Food Assistance: FNS Could Take Additional Steps to Contain WIC Infant Formula Costs
GAO-06-380: Published: Mar 28, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2006.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides food, nutrition education, and health care referrals to close to 8 million low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children each year. About a quarter of these participants are served using rebate savings from contracts with infant formula manufacturers. WIC is administered by the Departm...
Oversight of Food Safety Activities: Federal Agencies Should Pursue Opportunities to Reduce Overlap and Better Leverage Resources
GAO-05-213: Published: Mar 30, 2005. Publicly Released: May 17, 2005.
GAO has documented many problems resulting from the fragmented nature of the federal food safety system and recommended fundamental restructuring to ensure the effective use of scarce government resources. In this report, GAO (1) identified overlaps in food safety activities at USDA, FDA, EPA, and NMFS; (2) analyzed the extent to which the agencies use interagency agreements to leverage resources;...
Food Stamp Program: States Have Made Progress Reducing Payment Errors, and Further Challenges Remain
GAO-05-245: Published: May 5, 2005. Publicly Released: May 5, 2005.
In fiscal year 2003, the federal Food Stamp Program made payment errors totaling about $1.4 billion in benefits, or about 7 percent of the total $21.4 billion in benefits provided to a monthly average of 21 million low-income participants. Because payment errors are a misuse of public funds and can undermine public support of the program, it is important that the government minimize them. Because...
Food Stamp Farm Bill Options: Local Survey Results, an E-supplement to GAO-04-916
GAO-04-1059SP: Published: Sep 16, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2004.
This document is a companion product to GAO-04-916. This document presents the results of GAO's surveys of local food stamp office supervisors. The purpose of the surveys was to determine the views of local food stamp supervisors on whether implementation of the options had achieved expected results. We developed eight surveys, one for each of the Farm Bill options, to obtain this information. We...
Survey of State Food Stamp Program Administrators, an E-supplement to GAO-04-916
GAO-04-1058SP: Published: Sep 16, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2004.
This document is a companion product to GAO-04-916. This document presents selected results of GAO's Web-based survey of food stamp administrators in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. We conducted this survey to learn about state-level use of the food stamp options made available under the Farm Bill. For each of the eight Farm Bill options, we asked state officials to provide information...