Program evaluation (21 - 30 of 52 items)
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...
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...
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...
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...
Food Stamps: Reasons for Nonparticipation
PEMD-89-5BR: Published: Dec 8, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) determined the reported reasons why eligible households did not participate in the Food Stamp Program; and (2) compared nonparticipation reasons cited by families in 1979 with those cited in 1986.GAO found that, in 1979 and 1986, respectively: (1) 46.1 percent and 43.8 percent of eligible families participated in the program; (2) 53.8 percent and 50.7...
Agricultural Trade: Review of Targeted Export Assistance Program
NSIAD-88-183: Published: May 24, 1988. Publicly Released: May 24, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's Targeted Export Assistance (TEA) program, focusing on the: (1) program's management, including the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) documentation of its participant eligibility and funding allocation decisions; and (2) adequacy of the FAS evaluation process, how evaluations affect present and future funding alloc...
Food Inventories: Inventory Management of Federally Owned and Donated Surplus Foods
RCED-86-11: Published: Dec 5, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 1985.
In response to several congressional requests, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture (USDA), California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New York inventory management systems to determine whether: (1) the systems ensured that USDA-owned products and special distribution program products provided to the states were properly controlled; and (2) USDA minimized transportation and storage costs.GAO fo...
Proposed Agricultural Efficiency and Equity Act of 1985
126791: Apr 24, 1985
GAO discussed proposed legislation that would change the manner in which the Department of Agriculture (USDA) computes the acreage bases and program yields which are used to compute the payments for farm program participants. GAO found that inflated bases existed because the Secretary had stated that acreage bases would be determined by averaging the previous 2 years plantings and including the ac...
Federal and State Liability for Inaccurate Payments of Food Stamp, AFDC, and SSI Program Benefits
RCED-84-155: Published: Apr 25, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the error-rate sanction system for the Food Stamp program and compared it to systems used for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) programs. Sanction systems are used to hold states, or the federal government, responsible for excessive errors in determining applicants' eligibility and benefit lev...