Appropriations (1 - 10 of 42 items)
Food Safety and Quality: Innovative Strategies May Be Needed to Regulate New Food Technologies
RCED-93-142: Published: Jul 26, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on new food technologies, focusing on: (1) types of new technologies; (2) the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) response to new food technologies and the processes it uses to determine whether they protect consumers; and (3) unresolved regulatory issues.GAO found that: (1) in response to changes in consumer demographics and dietary p...
Pesticides: Adulterated Imported Foods Are Reaching U.S. Grocery Shelves
RCED-92-205: Published: Sep 24, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) pesticide monitoring program, focusing on whether: (1) federal deterrents are adequate to prevent pesticide-adulterated food from reaching U.S. grocery shelves; and (2) FDA is using its resources to maximize detection of adulterated shipments.GAO found that: (1) FDA has increased its testing o...
Data Collection: Opportunities to Improve USDA's Farm Costs and Returns Survey
RCED-92-175: Published: Jul 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Costs and Returns Survey (FCRS), focusing on: (1) FCRS scope and design, as they affect the quality and reliability of the data generated; (2) USDA procedures for granting access to unpublished data; and (3) USDA communication with users of FCRS data.GAO found that: (1) USDA methods for conducting FCRS ma...
Food Safety and Quality: Limitations of FDA's Bottled Water Survey and Options for Better Oversight
RCED-92-87: Published: Feb 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) 1990 Bottled Water Survey, focusing on whether the FDA: (1) survey results were representative of the nation's bottled water supply; (2) tests covered all regulated contaminants; and (3) testing for unregulated contaminants was warranted.GAO found that: (1) FDA did not base the 1990 bottled w...
Food Safety and Quality: Stronger FDA Standards and Oversight Needed for Bottled Water
RCED-91-67: Published: Mar 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the adequacy of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) bottled water standards, focusing on the: (1) effectiveness of the FDA oversight program; (2) regulation of drinking water sold in interstate commerce; and (3) reliability of terms and graphics used on bottled water labels.GAO found that FDA: (1) did not comply with the Federal Food, Drug, an...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Farm Agencies' Field Structure Needs Major Overhaul
RCED-91-9: Published: Jan 29, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1991.
GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management operations and practices, focusing on identifying incremental and structural ways to improve the overall management of the decentralized USDA field structure.GAO found that: (1) although USDA initiated many agency-specific programs to improve government financial management, enhance productivity, and provide better servi...
Rangeland Management: BLM Efforts to Prevent Unauthorized Livestock Grazing Need Strengthening
RCED-91-17: Published: Dec 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) efforts to detect and deter unauthorized livestock grazing on public rangelands.GAO found that BLM: (1) did not know the full extent of grazing trespass on its allotments, although such violations occurred frequently; (2) identified staffing shortfalls as a major obstacle in conducting a more effective trespass...
Cotton Program: The Marketing Loan Has Not Worked
RCED-90-170: Published: Jul 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) cotton marketing loan program and identified options for improving its effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) since 1985, the marketing loan program has not achieved its objective of keeping U.S. cotton prices competitive in world markets; (2) during the 14-month price divergence period, U.S. producers lacked incen...
Wool and Mohair Program: Need for Program Still in Question
RCED-90-51: Published: Mar 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) wool and mohair program.GAO found that: (1) USDA made $665 million in wool payments from 1981 through 1988; (2) wool production declined from 110 million pounds in 1981 to 89 million pounds in 1988; (3) from 1977 through 1983, payments boosted wool production by 18 percent; (4) industry representatives have co...
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Need for Improved Workforce Planning
RCED-90-97: Published: Mar 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1990.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) personnel management, focusing on the effectiveness of its workforce planning efforts.GAO found that: (1) USDA was experiencing problems in recruiting, training, and managing its personnel, primarily because it lacked an effective strategy for determining and meeting workforce needs; (2) USDA needed a departmental recruiting program to avoid intr...