Major Management Challenges and Program Risks:

Department of Agriculture

OCG-99-2: Published: Jan 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 1999.

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As part of its Performance and Accountability Series, GAO provided information on the major management challenges and program risks facing the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

GAO noted that: (1) USDA's field structure for managing farm programs is obsolete and inefficient; (2) the increasing incidence of foodborne illness has heightened concerns about the federal government's effectiveness in ensuring the safety of food; (3) this concern has resulted in the use of more scientific approaches to meat and poultry inspections; (4) however, these changes do not address the fundamental problem of having the responsibilities for food safety scattered among 12 different federal agencies, which results in inconsistent oversight, poor coordination, and the inefficient allocation of resources; (5) inefficiency and waste throughout the Forest Service's operations and organization have cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars; (6) while the Forest Service has made progress in recent years, it is still far from achieving financial accountability; (7) USDA continues to carry a high level of delinquent farm loan debt and to write off large amounts of unpaid loans held by problem borrowers; (8) millions of dollars in overpayments in the Food Stamp Program occur because eligible persons are paid too much or because ineligible individuals improperly participated in the Food Stamp Program; (9) USDA has a long-standing history of deficiencies in its accounting and financial management systems; (10) USDA has an action plan for resolving its accounting and financial systems' deficiencies that calls for full implementation by fiscal year 2000; (11) USDA is not effectively managing its telecommunications systems and services; (12) to respond to these problems, USDA has identified improvements it states could reduce its annual $200-plus million telecommunications investment by as much as $70 million each year; (13) several management weaknesses raise concerns regarding the extent to which USDA's service center information technology (IT) modernization effort, which could ultimately cost more than $3 billion, will achieve an adequate return on its investment or significantly improve customer service; (14) USDA needs to develop a concept of operations and new mission-critical business processes for providing one-stop service to better ensure the success of its IT modernization efforts; (15) while USDA has begun to address the year 2000 problem, it still faces significant challenges renovating and replacing all its mission-critical systems in time and taking the necessary steps to ensure that vital public services are not disrupted; and (16) USDA's 1998 strategic plan did not address certain management problems.

Below are the reports in this series:

High-Risk Series: An Update HR-99-1, Jan 1, 1999

Performance and Accountability Series:

Major Management Challenges and Risks: An Executive Summary OCG-99-ES, Feb 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: A Governmentwide Perspective OCG-99-1, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Agriculture OCG-99-2, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Commerce OCG-99-3, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Defense OCG-99-4, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Education OCG-99-5, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Energy OCG-99-6, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Health and Human Services OCG-99-7, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Housing and Urban Development OCG-99-8, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of the Interior OCG-99-9, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Justice OCG-99-10, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Labor OCG-99-11, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of State OCG-99-12, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Transportation OCG-99-13, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of the Treasury OCG-99-14, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Veterans Affairs OCG-99-15, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Agency for International Development OCG-99-16, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Environmental Protection Agency OCG-99-17, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: National Aeronautics and Space Administration OCG-99-18, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Nuclear Regulatory Commission OCG-99-19, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Social Security Administration OCG-99-20, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: U.S. Postal Service OCG-99-21, Jan 1, 1999

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