1983 Payment-in-Kind Program Overview: Its Design, Impact, and Cost

RCED-85-89 Published: Sep 25, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1985.
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GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 1983 Payment-In-Kind (PIK) program to determine the: (1) design and justification of key 1983 PIK program provisions; (2) program's impact and cost; (3) distribution of payments to farmers; and (4) effectiveness of the acquisition and delivery of commodities to farmers.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Agriculture To better evaluate the results of production control programs, the Secretary of Agriculture should require the Administrator of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service to establish quantified goals specifying what these future programs are to accomplish each year. This will facilitate better evaluations of program results as well as determinations about overall program effectiveness by providing criteria by which a program's effectiveness can be measured against its costs.
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This recommendation should be closed.

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