Appropriations (21 - 29 of 29 items)
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...
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...
The Department of Agriculture's Animal Welfare Program
126481: Mar 8, 1985
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) activities under the 1970 Animal Welfare Act, which authorizes a program that is designed to ensure the humane care and treatment of certain warm-blooded animals. GAO noted that USDA has not established criteria for the amount and type of training needed by animal welfare inspectors. Further, ne...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Improved Collections Can Reduce Federal and District Government Food Stamp Program Costs
GGD-81-31: Published: Apr 3, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1981.
GAO studied collection procedures for amounts owed to the District of Columbia by food stamp vendors for cash and food stamp shortages and by recipients who were overissued stamps.The District has collected a minimal amount due from food stamp vendors and recipients. Inadequate collection efforts, lack of systems for identifying improper issuances and for monitoring collection efforts, and poor co...
Federal Domestic Food Assistance Programs: A Time for Assessment and Change
CED-78-113: Published: Jun 13, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1978.
Thirteen major federal domestic programs, costing several billion dollars annually, provide food or food-related assistance to needy Americans. The programs are administered by the Department of Agriculture (USDA); the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW); and the Community Services Administration (CSA).These programs have helped many people obtain more adequate diets. However, the l...