Program management (121 - 130 of 213 items)
Examples of USDA's Application of the $50,000 Payment Limitation
RCED-86-29FS: Published: Oct 18, 1985. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how the Department of Agriculture applied the $50,000 payment limitation to potential problem farmers, specifically where: (1) farmers were receiving more than $50,000 in total payments; (2) individuals or other entities were receiving payments, but were not actually farming the land; and (3) more than one individual or other entity was receiving p...
The Agricultural Export Enhancement Program
128096: Oct 8, 1985
GAO discussed whether the Agricultural Export Enhancement Program could achieve its objectives to: (1) increase U.S. farm product exports; and (2) encourage negotiations with trading partners on agricultural problems. The program was established with $2 billion in surplus Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) agricultural commodities, which CCC used to expand sales of U.S. agricultural commodities in...
Need To Foster Optimal Use of Resources in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
RCED-85-105: Published: Sep 27, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) operates. GAO attempted to determine how to obtain the maximum benefit from the use of WIC resources, focusing on: (1) the extent to which state and local WIC agencies attempt to target WIC benefits on the basis of need; (2) FNS pr...
Processing Time for Farmers Home Administration's Operating Loans in Minnesota During Fiscal Year 1984
RCED-85-142: Published: Aug 26, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the processing time for the Farmer's Home Administration's (FmHA) fiscal year 1984 operating loans in Minnesota to determine: (1) the criteria for timely loan processing; (2) the actual processing time and the reasons for the length of time between the various processing steps; (3) the effects of any delays on the farmers; and (4) alternatives a...
Federal Price Support for Honey Should Be Phased Out
RCED-85-107: Published: Aug 19, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) mandatory honey price-support program to: (1) evaluate the need for the program; (2) determine who participated in the program; (3) determine why program costs and government inventories were increasing; and (4) evaluate USDA program administration.GAO found that bee pollination is critical to certain seed and fruit crops, and the crop producers...
The Foreign Fishing Observer Program: Management Improvements Needed
RCED-85-110: Published: Aug 12, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) management of the Foreign Fishing Observer Program, including: (1) the process the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) follows to develop program costs for budgeting and billing purposes; (2) the issue of health and safety conditions on foreign fishing vessels; (3) the use of observe...
Surface Coal Mining Operations in Two Oklahoma Counties Raise Questions About Prime Farmland Reclamation and Bond Adequacy
RCED-85-147: Published: Aug 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the bonding system for reclamation of strip-mined land in Oklahoma and other selected states; (2) the issuance of permits by states to operators who have violated strip mining laws; (3) whether mined farmland was being reclaimed; and (4) whether the amount of performance bonds is sufficient to cover reclamation costs should the operator fail t...
The Role of Marketing Orders in Establishing and Maintaining Orderly Marketing Conditions
RCED-85-57: Published: Jul 31, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1985.
GAO reviewed 9 marketing orders covering 11 agricultural commodities to: (1) address controversies surrounding the marketing order program and the effect of each individual type of marketing order tool on commodity supplies; (2) determine emerging trends in the use of marketing orders; and (3) assess the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) administration of the marketing order program. Under th...
GAO Review of the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children
127184: Jun 17, 1985
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which provides supplemental foods and nutrition counseling to pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to 5 years of age who meet specific income criteria. GAO found that WIC benefits were not routinely being targeted on a priority basis to eligible individuals who...
Accounting Procedures Used by the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service for the Child Nutrition Programs
B-200555: Published: Jan 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
GAO was requested to review certain changes in accounting procedures used by the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for the child nutrition programs. Specific questions were raised as to: (1) whether the shortfall in the child nutrition programs for fiscal year 1980 will be greater than the $243 million that was transferred to the Food Stamp Program, as permitted by the S...