Agriculture: Catfish Inspection
Year Identified: 2013
Area Number: 1
Area Type: Fragmentation, Overlap & Duplication
◐- Partially Addressed
○- Not Addressed
⊗- Consolidated or Other
Last Updated:December 5, 2013
Congress should consider repealing provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill assigning the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsibility for examining and inspecting catfish and for creating a catfish inspection program.
The House of Representatives and the Senate have passed different versions of the farm bill. The House version (H.R. 2642) would repeal the catfish inspection program, as GAO suggested in May 2012, but the Senate version (S. 954) would not. It is unknown, however, whether or when legislation might be enacted into law. Without congressional action to repeal the catfish inspection program, USDA could begin to expend funds to implement the program, duplicating other federal programs.