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Emergency Conservation Program

The USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides emergency assistance for producers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and for carrying out emergency water conservations measures in periods of drought. The program is administered by state and county FSA committees.


What This Rating Means

Results Not Demonstrated

A rating of Results Not Demonstrated (RND) indicates that a program has not been able to develop acceptable performance goals or collect data to determine whether it is performing.
  • ECP lacks a mechanism to effectively prioritize its limited disaster recovery funding. The program does not have a system for prioritizing recovery dollars to geographic areas or individual farmers who are most in need of assistance. Instead, funding is generally provided on a first-come-first-served basis across relatively broad geographic areas.
  • Program improvements are made based on the recommendations from audits. Audits conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have shown no major material weaknesses and that program payments are made for intended purposes. ECP has also corrected deficiencies noted by OIG and others and worked with auditors to implement effective controls to prevent reoccurrence of negative findings.
  • ECP has been unable to develop strategic goals and performance measures to track its progress on improving service delivery. An inadequate number of annual and long-term performance measures, in addition to the lack of data concerning the performance of its program partners, prevent ECP from demonstrating its performance results.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Developing and using improved, outcome-based performance measures, including long-term, annual, and efficiency measures.
  • Developing and implementing a system for holding FSA state and local program managers, as well as program partners, accountable for cost, schedule, and performance results.
  • Developing and implementing a method of effectively prioritizing limited disaster recovery funds to farmers most in need of financial assistance.

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