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U.S. agriculture generates over $1 trillion in economic activity annually, but concerns exist about its vulnerability to foreign pests and diseases. Under the agricultural quarantine inspection (AQI) program, passengers and cargo are inspected at U.S.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 transferred responsibility for certain port inspections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to the newly created Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, has been found in cattle in 23 countries. Countries with BSE have suffered large economic losses because of declines in both beef exports and domestic beef sales. The U.S.
This report, part of GAO's performance and accountability series, provides an overview of management challenges and program risks facing the federal government. The series also contains 21 separate reports on individual agencies.
The problems of federal government management will persist as long as measures to identify, and solve them are not taken. Improved management can result in sound policy decisions and efficient service to the public.