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Review of the Division of Fruit and Vegetables of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services , Report No. 94-43, April 1995
 


  • In recent years the Division has consistently had over 100 vacant positions that could be eliminated without affecting its ability to provide services. The Division's 1995 assessment of staffing needs indicated that it needed approximately 139 fewer Career Service inspectors and supervisors than its currently authorized positions. This reduction in career service staffing needs can largely be attributed to the Division's increased use of part-time OPS staff in the place of full-time inspectors. The Division's staffing needs will likely be further reduced in the future due to changes in its inspection procedures.
  • The Division's overtime revenues exceeded its expenses by about $750,000 in fiscal year 1993-94. The Division used these funds to reduce its fiscal year 1994-95 inspection fees.
  • While citrus inspection fees appear adequate, current vegetable inspection fees are insufficient to recover the Division's cost of providing inspection services.


What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 01-60 Justification Review: Agricultural Development Program Met Standards, But Activities Should Become Financially Self-Supporting, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-53 Justification Review: Some Funding Shifts Are Possible for the State‚Äôs Food Safety and Quality Program, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-51 Justification Review: General Revenue Savings Possible in Consumer Protection Program, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-36 Justification Review: Forest Protection Program Meets Most Standards; Could Achieve Further Savings, published in August 2001.
  • Report No. 96-45 Follow-up Report on the Division of Fruit and Vegetables Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in February 1997.
  • Report No. 96-23 Follow-Up Report on the Division of Plant Industry Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in December 1996.
  • Report No. 12185 Performance Audit of the Division of Animal Industry, published in November 1993.

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