USDA partially meets E-File Act deadlines

USDA partially meets E-File Act deadlines

Though the Agriculture Department has partially met the Freedom to E-File Act deadlines, it faces formidable challenges in fully implementing its electronic-filing capabilities, the General Accounting Office said.

The department has built a Web site where farmers and producers can access 52 Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service forms, GAO said in its report, USDA Electronic Filing: Progress Made, But Central Leadership and Comprehensive Implementation Plan Needed.

But none of the more than 100 Rural Development forms that were to be included on the site by Dec. 18, 2000, has been put up, it said.

USDA also has made little progress toward meeting the coming Dec. 1 deadline for posting Risk Management Agency forms and the June 20, 2002, deadline for providing Web information for county-based agencies, GAO said.

'P. Vasishtha

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