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Open Recommendations (74 total)

Privacy: Dedicated Leadership Can Improve Programs and Address Challenges

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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should establish a time frame for incorporating privacy into an organization-wide risk management strategy that includes a determination of risk tolerance, and develop and document this strategy. (Recommendation 6)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should fully define and document a process for ensuring that the senior agency official for privacy, or other designated privacy official, reviews IT capital investment plans and budgetary requests. (Recommendation 4)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should fully define and document the role of the senior agency official for privacy or other designated privacy official in reviewing and approving system categorizations, overseeing privacy control assessments, and reviewing authorization packages, and document these roles. (Recommendation 7)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should fully define and document a process for ensuring that the senior agency official for privacy or other designated privacy official is involved in assessing and addressing the hiring, training, and professional development needs of the agency with respect to privacy. (Recommendation 5)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should document program management controls and common privacy controls in place or planned for meeting applicable requirements and managing risks. (Recommendation 3)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should establish a time frame for fully developing a privacy continuous monitoring strategy, and develop and document this strategy. (Recommendation 8)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Tribal Economic Development: Action is Needed to Better Understand the Extent of Federal Support

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Department of Agriculture The Director of USDA's Office of Tribal Relations, in coordination with tribes, should establish a plan for periodically analyzing and publicly reporting the amount of economic development assistance provided to tribal entities by USDA and using that analysis to identify opportunities to improve assistance to tribal entities. This could include leveraging methods already used by specific USDA program offices such as Rural Development (Recommendation 4)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Tribal Funding: Actions Needed to Improve Information on Federal Funds That Benefit Native Americans

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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should ensure that the Office of Tribal Relations and the Office of Budget and Program Analysis develop a formal process to ensure meaningful and timely input from tribal officials when formulating budget requests and program reauthorization proposals for programs serving tribes and their members. (Recommendation 6)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

The Department of Agriculture neither agreed nor disagreed with this recommendation. We will follow-up with Agriculture to determine what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation.

Nutrition Assistance Programs: Federal Agencies Should Improve Oversight and Better Collaborate on Efforts to Support Veterans with Food Insecurity

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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should take steps to enhance collaboration within USDA's workgroup with VA including through a written agreement that specifically clarifies agency roles and responsibilities, articulates common outcomes, and establishes a mechanism to monitor progress, and routinely monitor and update this written agreement. (Recommendation 3)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

USDA agreed with this recommendation and provided no additional comments. We will monitor the progress of USDA's efforts to implement this recommendation.
Department of Agriculture The Administrator of USDA's Food and Nutrition Service should consider recommending that state SNAP agencies that target veterans for SNAP benefits share their SNAP outreach plans with local VHA facilities. (Recommendation 4)
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 Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned.

USDA agreed with this recommendation. USDA stated that sharing these plans will help the two agencies collaborate on providing SNAP information resources and targeted enrollment assistance to veterans. In addition, USDA said it would continue to encourage state SNAP agencies that identified veterans as a target population to form partnerships with local VHA facilities and work to identify promising practices among states currently connecting veterans to SNAP and facilitate the sharing of lessons learned. We will monitor the progress of these efforts.