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Open Recommendations (75 total)

National School Lunch Program: USDA Could Enhance Assistance to States and Schools in Providing Seafood to Students

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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should develop a plan to enhance its assistance to states and school food authorities in providing seafood to students through the National School Lunch Program. Actions described in such a plan could build upon information that GAO collected regarding factors that selected states and school food authorities said have affected their efforts to provide more seafood to students through the program. The plan could also incorporate USDA's experience and lessons learned from previous efforts aimed at enhancing the variety and availability of other food products, such as dairy products and unprocessed fruits and vegetables. (Recommendation 1)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should work with the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to develop a collaborative mechanism, such as a memorandum of understanding that establishes the sharing of NOAA's list of domestic seafood vendors with USDA. (Recommendation 3)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Broadband: USDA Should Set Performance Goals and Improve Fraud Risk Management for Funding Program

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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should ensure that the Office of the Chief Risk Officer conducts and documents a fraud risk assessment for the ReConnect program that aligns with the leading practices outlined in our Fraud Risk Framework. (Recommendation 3)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should direct ReConnect program officials to establish program specific performance goals and use them to manage the program. (Recommendation 1)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should document that the Office of the Chief Risk Officer is the dedicated entity to design and oversee fraud risk management activities in the ReConnect program and outline this office's responsibilities consistent with leading practices as provided in our Fraud Risk Framework. (Recommendation 2)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Working Dogs: Federal Agencies Need to Better Address Health and Welfare

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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should direct all of the Department of Agriculture's agencies with federally managed working dog programs to revise their policies, as necessary, to ensure that they address all of the 18 issues GAO identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs. (Recommendation 3)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Privacy: Dedicated Leadership Can Improve Programs and Address Challenges

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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should fully define and document the role of the senior agency official for privacy or other designated privacy official in reviewing and approving system categorizations, overseeing privacy control assessments, and reviewing authorization packages, and document these roles. (Recommendation 7)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

The Department of Agriculture stated that it generally agreed with the findings and recommendations in our report. Once the department states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should fully define and document a process for ensuring that the senior agency official for privacy or other designated privacy official is involved in assessing and addressing the hiring, training, and professional development needs of the agency with respect to privacy. (Recommendation 5)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

The Department of Agriculture stated that it generally agreed with the findings and recommendations in our report. Once the department states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should document program management controls and common privacy controls in place or planned for meeting applicable requirements and managing risks. (Recommendation 3)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

The Department of Agriculture stated that it generally agreed with the findings and recommendations in our report. Once the department states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should establish a time frame for fully developing a privacy continuous monitoring strategy, and develop and document this strategy. (Recommendation 8)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

The Department of Agriculture stated that it generally agreed with the findings and recommendations in our report. Once the department states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.