U.S. General Accounting Office

Survey Results on USDA's Implementation of Food Security Act Compliance Provisions

HELC Violations

17. Did your county have any HELC violations in calendar years 1998-2001?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Yes
2. No (Click here to go to question 22.)
18. Of the HELC violations referred to or received by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in your county, what portion are granted a good faith exemption by the FSA county committee?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. All or almost all
2. More than half
3. About half
4. Less than half
5. None or almost none
6. Don't know
19. How often are decisions to grant HELC good faith exemptions by the Farm Service Agency county committees properly supported?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. Always or almost always
2. Most of the time
3. About half of the time
4. Some of the time
5. Never or almost never
6. Not applicable-- have not had any good faith exemptions in my county
7. Don't know
20. Since January 1, 1997, of the USDA farm program participants who have violated HELC provisions in your county, about what portion lost any benefits?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. 0 to less than 5%
2. 5 to less than 10%
3. 10 to less than 20%
4. 20 to less than 30%
5. 30 to less than 50%
6. 50% or more
7. Don't know
21. Consider all the tracts of land in the geographical area where your office provides assistance. About what percent of these tracts are in violation of HELC provisions and have not been reported?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. 0 to less than 5%
2. 5 to less than 10%
3. 10 to less than 20%
4. 20 to less than 30%
5. 30 to less than 50%
6. 50% or more
7. Don't know
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