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Agricultural Research: USDA's Response to Recommendations to Strengthen the Agricultural Research Service's Programs and Facilities

RCED-00-85R Published: Feb 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 2000.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) task force's recommendations to strengthen the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) programs and facilities, focusing on: (1) the actions ARS has taken to close and consolidate laboratories; (2) the task force report's major recommendations designed to, among other things, improve operational efficiencies; and (3) ARS' reaction to the task force report.

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