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USDA Farm Programs: Farmers Have Been Eligible for Multiple Programs and Further Efforts Could Help Prevent Duplicative Payments
GAO-14-428: Published: Jul 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2014.
From fiscal years 2008 through 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported spending about $114 billion on 60 programs providing financial assistance to farmers, including about $28 billion in crop insurance subsidies. Those programs existed during the effective period of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 farm bill). Most were administered by the Farm Service Agency...
Farm Bill: Issues to Consider for Reauthorization
GAO-12-338SP: Published: Apr 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2012.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Department of Agricultures Office of Inspector General (OIG) seek to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the federal government. As Congress debates ways to address the federal governments long-term fiscal imbalance, it becomes even more critical that we help with this challenge by identifying opportunitie...
Crop Insurance: More Needs To Be Done to Reduce Program's Vulnerability to Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
GAO-06-878T: Published: Jun 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2006.
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) administers the federal crop insurance program in partnership with private insurers. In 2005, the program cost $2.7 billion, including an estimated $117 million in losses from fraud, waste, and abuse. The Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 (ARPA) provided new tools to monitor and control abuses, such as providing RMA sanctio...
Crop Insurance: Actions Needed to Reduce Program's Vulnerability to Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
GAO-05-528: Published: Sep 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2005.
Federal crop insurance protects producers against losses from natural disasters. In 2004, the crop insurance program provided $47 billion in coverage, at a cost of $3.6 billion, including an estimated $160 million in losses from fraud and abuse. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) administers this program with private insurers. The Agricultural Risk Protection...
Department of Agriculture: Status of Efforts to Address Major Financial Management Challenges
GAO-03-871T: Published: Jun 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2003.
In January, we issued our Performance and Accountability Series on management challenges and program risks at major agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report for USDA focused on a number of major management challenges, including enhancing financial management, and continued the high risk designation for Forest Service financial management. For many years, USDA strug...
Department of Agriculture: Improvements in the Operations of the Civil Rights Program Would Benefit Hispanic and Other Minority Farmers
GAO-02-942: Published: Sep 20, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2002.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) runs a direct loan program that provides loans to farmers who are unable to obtain private commercial credit to buy and operate farms. FSA is required to administer this program in a fair, unbiased manner. GAO found that during fiscal years 2000 and 2001, FSA averaged 4 days longer to process loan applications from Hispanic farmers than it did for non-Hispanic farmers...
USDA Reorganization: Progress Mixed in Modernizing the Delivery of Services
RCED-00-43: Published: Feb 3, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to modernize and reorganize its county-based agencies, focusing on: (1) identifying USDA's major reorganization and modernization initiatives for these agencies; (2) examining the progress USDA has made in completing these initiatives; and (3) identifying major issues impeding progress t...
Results Act: Observations on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fiscal Year 2000 Performance Plan
RCED-99-187: Published: Jun 7, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) performance plan for fiscal year (FY) 2000, focusing on the extent to which the plan: (1) provides a clear picture of intended performance across the Department; (2) discusses the strategies and resources USDA will use to achieve its goals; and (3) provides confidence that the performance information will be c...
Commodity Credit Corporation: Information on the Availability, Use, and Management of Funds
RCED-98-114: Published: Apr 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds are spent and controlled, focusing on: (1) how much money CCC had available and spent in fiscal years (FY) 1996 and 1997, including the sources of these funds and the programs and activities for which they were used; (2) the management practices used to control CCC funds; (3) whether CCC's...
Unfunded Mandates: Reform Act Has Had Little Effect on Agencies' Rulemaking Actions
GGD-98-30: Published: Feb 4, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agencies' implementation of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA), focusing on what effect title II of UMRA has had on agencies' rulemaking actions.GAO noted that: (1) the enactment of title II of UMRA appears to have had only limited direct impact on agencies' rulemaking actions in the first 2 years since its implementation; (2)...