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School Lunch: Implementing Nutrition Changes Was Challenging and Clarification of Oversight Requirements Is Needed
GAO-14-104: Published: Jan 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2014.
Nationwide, student participation in the National School Lunch Program declined by 1.2 million students (or 3.7 percent) from school year 2010-2011 through school year 2012-2013, after having increased steadily for many years. This decrease was driven primarily by a decline of 1.6 million students eating school lunch who pay full price for meals, despite increases in students eating school lunch w...
Genetically Engineered Crops: Agencies Are Proposing Changes to Improve Oversight, but Could Take Additional Steps to Enhance Coordination and Monitoring
GAO-09-60: Published: Nov 5, 2008. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2008.
Genetically engineered (GE) crops--including crops engineered to resist pests or tolerate herbicides--are widespread in the United States and around the world. Taking direction from the 1986 Coordinated Framework for Regulation of Biotechnology, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulate GE crops to ensure that...
Food Stamp Program: Options for Delivering Financial Incentives to Participants for Purchasing Targeted Foods
GAO-08-415: Published: Jul 30, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2008.
In fiscal year 2007, the Food Stamp Program provided about $30.4 billion in nutrition assistance benefits to 26.5 million individuals. Benefits are issued through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, similar to debit cards, to purchase eligible foods at authorized retail stores. The diets of many low-income individuals, like the U.S. population overall, do not meet federal dietary guidelines....
Foreign Assistance: Multiple Challenges Hinder the Efficiency and Effectiveness of U.S. Food Aid
GAO-08-83T: Published: Oct 2, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2007.
The United States is the largest global food aid donor, accounting for over half of all food aid supplies to alleviate hunger and support development. Since 2002, Congress has appropriated an average of $2 billion per year for U.S. food aid programs, which delivered an average of 4 million metric tons of food commodities per year. Despite growing demand for food aid, rising business and transporta...
Crop Insurance: Federal Program Faces Insurability and Design Problems
RCED-93-98: Published: May 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's (FCIC) federal crop insurance program, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the program meets insurability standards; and (2) the effect of provisions designed to foster program participation on the program's actuarial soundness.GAO found that: (1) the federal crop insurance program has not achieved actuaria...
Crop Insurance: Inaccurate FCIC Price Forecasts Increase Program Costs
PEMD-92-4: Published: Dec 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the accuracy of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's (FCIC) independent price surveys, focusing on how: (1) inaccuracies in the forecast affect FCIC program costs; and (2) FCIC can improve its forecast accuracy.GAO found that: (1) bias errors showed that FCIC forecasts for corn and wheat overestimated actual prices by an average of 10 percent a...
Status Report on GAO's Reviews on P.L. 480 Food Aid Programs
T-NSIAD-90-23: Published: Mar 21, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1990.
GAO discussed U.S. food aid programs, focusing on: (1) the integration of agricultural export programs with food aid programs; (2) food aid program management; (3) the Agency for International Development's (AID) food aid management plan; (4) the role of U.S. private voluntary organizations (PVO) in U.S. food aid programs; and (5) the extent to which AID should maintain accountability over local c...
Farm Payments: Benefits and Costs of Trading in USDA Commodity Certificates
RCED-88-142BR: Published: Jun 2, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed reported abuses in the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payment-in-Kind (PIK) Certificate Program to determine: (1) the volume of grain involved in long-distance transactions, in which commodity certificate holders exploited differing market values; (2) the monetary benefits gained from such transactions; (3) how the benefits were distributed;...
Farm Programs: Price and Income Support Programs for Fiscal Years 1987-89
RCED-88-144FS: Published: Apr 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) net cash outlays for commodity price and income support programs for 1987 through 1989.GAO found that: (1) USDA net cash outlays for commodity price and income support programs in 1987 totalled about $22.4 billion; (2) USDA estimated an additional $34.8 billion for combined 1988 and 1989 net...
Farm Programs: An Overview of Price and Income Support, and Storage Programs
RCED-88-84BR: Published: Feb 29, 1988. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA): (1) farm price and income support programs; and (2) agricultural commodities storage program.GAO found that: (1) USDA estimated that net cash outlays for commodity price and income support programs would exceed $23 billion in fiscal year (FY) 1987; (2) nonrecourse commodity loans, the direct purchase of fa...