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International Trade: The United States and European Union Are the Two Largest Markets Covered by Key Procurement-Related Agreements
GAO-15-717: Published: Jul 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2015.
The United States is a party to, or is currently negotiating, international agreements covering government procurement with 60 countries. From 2008 through 2012 these countries together spent on average about $4.4 trillion annually to procure goods and services and to fund capital projects. This represented about a quarter of their total general government expenditures, and includes spending at th...
U.S.-China Trade: Opportunities to Improve U.S. Government Efforts to Ensure China's Compliance with World Trade Organization Commitments
GAO-05-53: Published: Oct 6, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2004.
China's 2001 accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) required China to reform its economy and trade practices. As part of ongoing work, GAO reviewed how the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and State pursued China's WTO compliance in 2003. Specifically, this report (1) discusses the scope and disposition of China's compliance problems, (2) revi...
Government Reorganization: Observations About Creating a U.S. Trade Administration
T-GGD-95-234: Published: Sep 6, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1995.
GAO discussed proposed legislation to create a U.S. Trade Administration (USTA) by merging the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) with several Department of Commerce offices and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. GAO noted that: (1) creating a trade administration that lacks cabinet-level department status could lead to the perception that the new agency does not have the status of...
The International Agreement on Government Procurement: An Assessment of Its Commercial Value and U.S. Government Implementation
NSIAD-84-117: Published: Jul 16, 1984. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1984.
GAO reviewed the government's implementation of the multilateral Agreement on Government Procurement, which was meant to limit signatory governments' use of discriminatory procurement practices as barriers to trade.GAO found that, while the agreement was an important step toward less restrictive trade, it has had less commercial value than originally anticipated because: (1) foreign signatory gove...
Implementation of Trade Restrictions for Textiles and Apparel
NSIAD-84-18: Published: Nov 4, 1983. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the current administration of the Multifiber Arrangement (MFA), an international agreement that provides the legal framework for regulating textile trade.In the United States, MFA is implemented by the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA), which consists of representatives from the Departments of Commerce, State, Labor,...
Assessment of Bilateral Telecommunications Agreements With Japan
NSIAD-84-2: Published: Oct 7, 1983. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1983.
GAO reviewed the implementation of two bilateral telecommunications agreements between the United States and Japan. The U.S.-Japan Agreement on Nippon Telephone and Telegraph Public Corporation (NTT) Procurement covers procurement by NTT, a Japanese Government enterprise that is responsible for developing Japan's domestic telecommunications system, and commits NTT to treat bids from U.S. and Japan...
Benefits of International Agreement on Trade-Distorting Subsidies Not Yet Realized
NSIAD-83-10: Published: Aug 15, 1983. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1983.
GAO reviewed U.S. efforts to reduce and eliminate the adverse effects of trade-related subsidy practices of foreign governments.GAO found that the United States wanted stronger rules on the use of subsidies and better procedures for resolving subsidy-related disputes between governments. It appears to have achieved these goals with the Subsidies Agreement; however, the emphasis of the agreement is...
The Growing Role of Trade as a Development Assistance Mechanism
ID-81-46: Published: Aug 11, 1981. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1981.
GAO reviewed how four developing countries use trade in their economic development and how bilateral and multilateral donors assist developing countries in the area of trade. The objectives of the review were to examine for Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia, the role of trade in their development and the existing and/or potential obstacles to implementing and/or maintaining a succ...
Need To Control Federal Warning System Proliferation
LCD-76-105: Published: Apr 9, 1976. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1976.
There are eight federal agencies responsible for managing and operating federal warning dissemination systems to alert the public of natural disasters and enemy attacks. Some progress has been made in coordinating agency efforts. No single entity has sufficient authority to consolidate federal warning programs and to prevent system proliferation.There are five general purpose warning systems exist...