Investigators looking into the practices of the Agricultural Marketing Service found a lack of management reviews of the “Beef Board” operations unless a complaint or issue “arose”.

The lack of a management review revealed that funds collected, distributed and expended were not transparent.

A report released by the Office of Inspector General in March describes the mix of complicated and mandated relationships between the Beef Board and its contractors as “complex”.

In one example, the Beef Board paid $280,000 to an advertising agency without requiring details about how billing would be conducted.

TitleAgricultural Marketing Service Oversight of the Beef Research and Promotion Board’s Activities
DescriptionOffice of Inspector General reviewed the oversight of the Agricultural Marketing Service provides to the beef research and promotion program to ensure beef checkoff funds are used in accordance with regulations.
CreatorUnited States Department of Agriculture
ContributorOffice of Inspector General
SubjectAgricultural Marketing Service, Beef, OIG, Promotion Board, Research, USDA
CoverageThe Office of Inspector General reviews the relationship between the Agricultural Marketing Service and Beef Board.
PublisherUnited States Department of Agriculture
SourceAudit Report 01099-0001-21
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