Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issues a list of five recommendations for the 22 check-off programs that do research and promotion on behalf of the commodities they represent.
Among other things, the GAO recommends more consistent review and oversight of subcontracts administered by checkoffs. It also recommends developing consistent methodology for evaluating the economic benefits of checkoff funded programs. The GAO says key documents of each of the checkoff boards, such as bylaws and annual reports, should be posted to checkoff websites.
The GAO report was done at the request of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi from California. Last year, checkoff funds totaled more than $885 million.