ERIC Number: ED164722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-31
Reference Count: N/A
The Summer Feeding Program for Children: Reforms Begun--Many More Urgently Needed.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
This report discusses the administration of the 1977 summer food program for children. Widespread abuses in 1976 and earlier programs are reviewed. It is held that although some abuses did occur in 1977, these were fewer and less serious than before. Causes of the program abuses are discussed in detail, and include such factors as: (1) inadequate funds for State administration; (2) insufficient State staffing; (3) circumstances encouraging sponsors to submit overstated claims for payment; (4) identification of program target areas needs more attention; (5) improved but still inconsistent approval of sponsors and sites; (6) improved control of bidding and contracting; (7) insufficient State program monitoring and action on monitoring results; and (8) excessive advance payments to sponsors. Legislative and administrative actions for overcoming these problems are suggested. An appendix outlines the status of previous recommendations made to Congress and to the Secretary of Agriculture. (EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.