The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report entitled, "USDA Should Improve Its Management of Key Conservation Programs to Ensure Payments Promote Conservation Goals." The GAO found that the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) process for awarding Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds does not have a clear connection to the program's benefits. The GAO recommended that the NRCS make certain that "factors and weights used in EQIP's general financial assistance formula are documented and linked to program priorities and data sources are accurate and current" as well as provide continued analyses to revise the assistance formula, and finally GAO recommended that NRCS devise a plan to preempt duplicate payments.


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