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Open Recommendations

Imported Seafood Safety: FDA Should Improve Monitoring of Its Warning Letter Process and Better Assess Its Effectiveness

GAO-21-231
Mar 19, 2021
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2 Open Recommendations
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Food and Drug Administration The Commissioner of FDA should establish a process to monitor whether the agency is consistently following key procedures and meeting key goals for its imported seafood warning letters, and take corrective action when necessary. This could be done through regularly analyzing data that FDA collects, such as those in CMS and FACTS. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Food and Drug Administration The Commissioner of FDA should develop performance goals and measures to assess the effectiveness of its warning letters in ensuring the safety of imported seafood. Such measures could include, but need not be limited to, the percentage of warning letters cases that have been resolved, either through a closeout letter or import alert placement, within 1 year of being issued. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Farmworkers: Additional Information Needed to Better Protect Workers from Pesticide Exposure

GAO-21-63
Jan 15, 2021
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2 Open Recommendations
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Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance The Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance should coordinate with states to collect information on the use of the designated representative, either through its annual cooperative agreement work plans with states or another mechanism. The collection of information on use could include consistently compiling the information obtained through inspections across states—specifically, whether farmworkers are using designated representatives and whether farmers are providing the information to the designated representatives within the time frames required by the WPS. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Office of Pesticide Programs The Director for EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs should, in the agency's guidance, on its website, or through another mechanism, explain EPA's expectations about the appropriate use of the pesticide information obtained by a designated representative, including describing potential misuse of such information. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Food Safety: CDC Could Further Strengthen Its Efforts to Identify and Respond to Foodborne Illnesses

GAO-21-23
Nov 20, 2020
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3 Open Recommendations
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should develop a plan for addressing risks that the increasing use of culture-independent diagnostic tests poses to CDC's continued ability to identify foodborne illness outbreaks. (Recommendation 1)
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As of April 2021, we are following up on this recommendation and will update it when we receive information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should make publicly available CDC's decision-making process for communicating about multistate foodborne illness outbreaks, including the scenarios it considers to aid in decision-making. (Recommendation 2)
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As of April 2021, we are following up on this recommendation and will update it when we receive information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should implement a program performance assessment system for its multistate foodborne illness outbreak investigations, including setting performance goals, assessing progress toward achieving those goals with performance measures, and conducting program evaluations. (Recommendation 3)
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As of April 2021, we are following up on this recommendation and will update it when we receive information.

Farm Programs: USDA Has Improved Its Completion of Eligibility Compliance Reviews, but Additional Oversight Is Needed

GAO-21-95
Nov 16, 2020
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5 Open Recommendations
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Farm Service Agency The FSA Administrator should improve the accuracy of compliance review tracking system data by establishing controls, including electronic safeguards such as preventing a compliance review from being entered as both waived and completed. (Recommendation 1)
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USDA concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions USDA has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Farm Service Agency The FSA Administrator should build upon ongoing efforts to improve the monitoring of the compliance review tracking system data by updating the FSA handbook to specify how to periodically run reports on the status and results of compliance reviews, the types of information to examine during these periodic checks on these reviews, and how frequently to perform these checks. (Recommendation 2)
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USDA concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions USDA has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Farm Service Agency The FSA Administrator should examine compliance review teams' use of interviews of farming operation members and provide additional guidance or training as necessary. (Recommendation 3)
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USDA concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions USDA has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Farm Service Agency The FSA Administrator should examine the extent to which compliance review teams documented the reasons for not doing an interview and provide additional guidance or training as necessary. (Recommendation 4)
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USDA concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions USDA has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Farm Service Agency The FSA Administrator should examine compliance review teams' completion of compliance review records and provide additional guidance or training as necessary. (Recommendation 5)
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USDA concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions USDA has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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