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Drug Control: U.S. Counternarcotics Cooperation with Venezuela Has Declined
GAO-09-806: Published: Jul 20, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2009.
Hundreds of metric tons of cocaine flow annually from South America toward the United States, threatening the security and well-being of U.S. citizens. Since 2000, the United States has provided about $8 billion to countries in the region to disrupt drug trafficking. Most of this assistance went to Colombia to reduce illicit drug production and improve security. In March 2009, the Department of St...
Securing, Stabilizing, and Developing Pakistan's Border Area with Afghanistan: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight
GAO-09-263SP: Published: Feb 23, 2009. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2009.
Since 2002, destroying the terrorist threat and closing the terrorist safe haven along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan have been key national security goals. The United States has provided Pakistan, an important ally in the war on terror, with more than $12.3 billion for a variety of activities, in part to address these goals. About half of this amount has been to reimburse Pakistan for militar...
Afghanistan Drug Control: Despite Improved Efforts, Deteriorating Security Threatens Success of U.S. Goals
GAO-07-78: Published: Nov 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2006.
The prevalence of opium poppy cultivation and drug trafficking in Afghanistan imperils the stability of its government and threatens to turn the conflict-ridden nation once again into a safe haven for traffickers and terrorists. To combat the drug trade, the U.S. government developed a counternarcotics strategy consisting of five pillars--alternative livelihoods, elimination and eradication, inter...
Foreign Workers: Information on Selected Countries' Experiences
GAO-06-1055: Published: Sep 8, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2006.
The opportunity for employment is an important magnet attracting immigrants, including unauthorized immigrants, to countries. The policies and practices used by other countries to manage foreign workers, including actions to limit illegal immigration and to reduce the employment of unauthorized foreign workers, have been shaped by country-specific economic, demographic, and political factors. Immi...
Olympic Security: Better Planning Can Enhance U.S. Support to Future Olympic Games
GAO-06-753: Published: Jun 30, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2006.
The 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, were the second Olympic Games to take place overseas since September 11, 2001. The United States worked with Italy to ensure the security of U.S. citizens, and it expects to continue such support for future Games, including the 2008 Games in Beijing, China. GAO was asked to (1) discuss the U.S. approach for providing security support for the 2006 Winter Games...
Olympic Security: U.S. Support to Athens Games Provides Lessons for Future Olympics
GAO-05-547: Published: May 31, 2005. Publicly Released: May 31, 2005.
The 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, were held against the backdrop of growing concerns about international terrorism. Despite widespread fears of a potential terrorist attack on the Olympics, Greece hosted a safe and secure event with no terrorist incidents. To assist Greece in securing the 2004 Games, U.S. government agencies provided training and other support in the four years leading u...
Haiti: U.S. Response to Allegations of an Assassination Plot
NSIAD-97-87: Published: Feb 14, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding how the U.S. government handled the allegations it received regarding a plot to assassinate a prominent Haitian attorney and critic of President Jean-Bertand Aristide and the government of Haiti, focusing on: (1) who decided that the government of Haiti was responsible for warning Mrs. Mireille Durocher Bertin of the assassina...
State Department: U.S. Involvement in the American Club in Greece
NSIAD-88-207: Published: Sep 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of State's involvement with the defunct American Club in Greece.GAO found that: (1) the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, established the club as an employee association in 1948; (2) the club closed in 1985, leaving unpaid debts, including employee severance payments, social security payments, bank loans, and utility bills; (3) embassy...