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NCJ Number: 64386 Find in a Library
Title: SUMMARY OF REVIEWS MADE OF FOOD STAMP FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY OPERATIONS - FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE, WASHINGTON, D C, AS OF MARCH 30, 1976
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Dept of Agriculture
Office of Audit
Northeast Region
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Agriculture
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS OFFICE OF AUDIT (OA) REPORT SUMMARIZES AN AUDIT OF FOOD STAMP SALES ACTIVITIES OF ISSUING AGENTS UNDER THE FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE (FNS), DISCLOSING PROBLEMS IN RECONCILING CASH AND COUPON TRANSACTIONS.
Abstract: UTILIZING FNS RECORDS, THE OA OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IDENTIFIED ABOUT 1,300 PROBLEM VENDORS. THE REVIEW SURVEYED FNS RECORDS OF CASH COLLECTIONS AND DEPOSITS FOR 6,700 AGENTS DESIGNATED AS REPORTING POINTS, WHICH REPRESENTED SALES ACTIVITY OF ABOUT 14,000 ISSUING AGENTS DURING THE PERIOD FROM JULY 1974 THROUGH OCTOBER 1975. ALSO EXAMINED WERE SEVERAL TYPES OF COMPUTER PRINTOUTS, FEDERAL RESERVE BANK (FRB) DEPOSIT LISITINGS, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS ALLOWING A REASONABLE RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED CASH COLLECTIONS WITH DEPOSITS TO FRB. MOREOVER, A SURVEY WAS MADE OF THE COUPON INVENTORY SYSTEM AT FNS. ISSUING AGENTS IDENTIFIED THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS: (1) 224 CASES IN WHICH REPORTED DEPOSITS COULD NOT BE CONFIRMED, AND (2) 1,096 CASES WITH PATTERNS INDICATING SERIOUS LATE DEPOSITING. ACCOUNTABILITY PROBLEMS WERE FIRST NOTICED WHEN AN AGENT FAILED TO ACCOUNT FOR OVER $1 MILLION OF DEPOSITS REPORTED BUT NOT MADE, AND WHOSE CONNECTION WITH FNS FOR SELLING FOOD COUPONS WAS THEREFORE TERMINATED IN 1975. AS A CONSEQUENCE, OA DEVELOPED ACTION PLANS TO DETECT AND CORRECT THESE PROBLEMS NATIONWIDE. THESE PLANS ARE DETAILED IN THE REPORT. CORRECTIONS OF FNS PROCEDURAL AND SYSTEMATIC WEAKNESSES HAVE SINCE BEEN PARTIALLY IMPLEMENTED, AND CONSIDERABLE ACCOUNTABILITY IMPROVEMENTS HAVE RESULTED. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Federal programs; Food services; Planning; Program abuse; Program evaluation review techniques; Program monitoring; US Department of Agriculture
Note: REPORT NO. 2799-8-HY
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