R-CALF says OIG report “colossal whitewash”

R-CALF USA blasts the report of the USDA’s Office of Inspector General clearing the national beef checkoff program of wrongdoing.  The checkoff’s audit found no issues associated with the beef checkoff between 2008 and 2010 and says the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and its contractors, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) “were in full compliance with the rules that govern the checkoff.”

R-CALF filed a formal complaint Friday with US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong calling the OIG report a “colossal whitewash of monumental proportions.”

An R-CALF news release says the OIG concluded that the NCBA had properly expended all checkoff funds “despite the OIG’s acknowledgment that the NCBA had miscoded and improperly submitted expenses of more than $216-thousand to the beef checkoff fund.”  R-CALF USA is calling for the two officials to denounce the report and “permanently suspend the NCBA’s eligibility as a checkoff contractor.”


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