Program management (51 - 60 of 213 items)
Crop Insurance: Federal Program Faces Insurability and Design Problems
RCED-93-98: Published: May 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's (FCIC) federal crop insurance program, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the program meets insurability standards; and (2) the effect of provisions designed to foster program participation on the program's actuarial soundness.GAO found that: (1) the federal crop insurance program has not achieved actuaria...
Communications Within FmHA
RCED-93-120R: Published: Mar 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed communications between the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) national office and FmHA field offices. GAO noted that: (1) FmHA uses data from operating reports to produce budget and cost projections, but the data collected are not accurate; (2) 30 percent of FmHA county offices had inaccurate operating reports; (3) 27 of 46 FmHA state offices bel...
Food Stamp Program Provisions
RCED-93-70R: Published: Nov 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 1992.
In response to a legislative requirement and congressional request, GAO provided information on two provisions of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, focusing on the administration of the Food Stamp Program on Indian reservations. GAO noted that: (1) the act's provisions exempted reservation households from the program's monthly income reporting requirements and required st...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Better Trade Show Management Can Increase Benefits to Exporters
NSIAD-92-122: Published: Mar 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) trade show program, focusing on: (1) the trade show program's role in promoting U.S. agricultural exports; (2) trade show program management; (3) USDA provision of subsidies to trade show exhibitors; and (4) program evaluation efforts.GAO found that: (1) the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has not defined t...
Crop Insurance: Inaccurate FCIC Price Forecasts Increase Program Costs
PEMD-92-4: Published: Dec 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the accuracy of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's (FCIC) independent price surveys, focusing on how: (1) inaccuracies in the forecast affect FCIC program costs; and (2) FCIC can improve its forecast accuracy.GAO found that: (1) bias errors showed that FCIC forecasts for corn and wheat overestimated actual prices by an average of 10 percent a...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Farm Agencies' Field Structure Needs Major Overhaul
RCED-91-09: Published: Jan 29, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1991.
One or more of the 5 farm service agencies maintains a presence in almost every one of the nation's 3,150 counties. In key farm programs, USDA is managed at the grass-roots level by its constituents. Although this organization has made USDA successful in responding to its clients, the heavy constituent involvement makes the Department slow to recognize the need to make changes in the field structu...
Biotechnology: Processing Delays Continue for Growing Backlog of Patent Applications
RCED-90-231: Published: Sep 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Patent and Trademark Office's (PTO) backlog of unprocessed biotechnology patent applications, focusing on: (1) the extent of the backlog; (2) the impact of PTO actions to accelerate biotechnology patent decisions; and (3) the impact of continuations on reported patent dependency time in 1989.GAO found that: (1) despite PTO actions to accelerate...
Food Stamp Program: Achieving Cost Neutrality in Washington's Family Independence Program
RCED-90-84: Published: Jun 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1990.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Food Stamp Program's progress in achieving cost neutrality in Washington under its Family Independence Program (FIP), focusing on the: (1) methods for establishing the amount of benefit and administrative costs that Washington would have incurred for food stamps in the absence of FIP; and (2) accuracy of the data and the methods used to calcu...
Agricultural Trade: Improvements Needed in Management of Targeted Export Assistance Program
NSIAD-90-225: Published: Jun 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management of its Targeted Export Assistance (TEA) Program.GAO found that: (1) the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) was not adequately documenting the funding allocation decision process to clearly show how funding criteria were applied and ranked and the basis for those decisions; (2) commodity division staf...
Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation: Secondary Market Development and Risk Implications
RCED-90-118: Published: May 4, 1990. Publicly Released: May 4, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the development and implementation of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (FAMC), a new secondary market for agricultural real estate and rural housing loans.GAO found that: (1) secondary markets buy and sell mortgage loans or mortgage-backed securities, creating liquidity and allowing lenders to make additional loans or re...