Department of Agriculture--Cooperative Agreement for Use of Aircraft
B-308010: Apr 20, 2007
- Full Report:
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, did not violate the bona fide needs rule when it used fiscal year 2000 funds to facilitate purchase of an aircraft as part of a cooperative agreement. APHIS had the authority to enter into a cooperative agreement with Wyoming Woolgrowers Association (WWGA), but made the payments prior to a written cooperative agreement. We do not endorse APHIS's actions in expending federal funds prior to executing a cooperative agreement and remind APHIS of its duty to protect government funds from potential loss.