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Maritime Security: Ongoing U.S. Counterpiracy Efforts Would Benefit From Agency Assessments
GAO-14-422: Published: Jun 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2014.
Piracy incidents off the Horn of Africa's east coast near Somalia have declined sharply since 2010, but U.S. agencies have not assessed their counterpiracy efforts as GAO recommended in 2010. Since 2010, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reports piracy incidents declined from 219 to 15 in 2013. Similarly, from 2010 to 2013 hostages taken by pirates declined from 1,016 to 34. Also, a World Ba...
Foreign Police Assistance: Defined Roles and Improved Information Sharing Could Enhance Interagency Collaboration
GAO-12-534: Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 17, 2012.
The United States provided an estimated $13.9 billion for foreign police assistance during fiscal years 2009 through 2011. Funds provided by U.S. agencies rose and then fell between fiscal years 2009 and 2011. During fiscal years 2009 through 2011, the United States provided the greatest amount of its foreign police assistance to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Colombia, Mexico, and the Palestinian T...
Maritime Security: Updating U.S. Counterpiracy Action Plan Gains Urgency as Piracy Escalates off the Horn of Africa
GAO-11-449T: Published: Mar 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2011.
Somali pirates have attacked 640 ships and taken more than 3,150 hostages since 2007. A few U.S.-flagged vessels have been affected--most recently the SV Quest, a private yacht on which four Americans were killed in February 2011. The growing frequency and severity of attacks renew the urgency to address the piracy threat. As Somalia is unable to repress piracy, the U.S. National Security Council...
Maritime Security: Actions Needed to Assess and Update Plan and Enhance Collaboration among Partners Involved in Countering Piracy off the Horn of Africa
GAO-10-856: Published: Sep 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2010.
Somali pirates operating off the Horn of Africa have attacked more than 450 ships and taken nearly 2,400 hostages since 2007. A small number of U.S.-flagged vessels and ships have been among those affected. As Somalia lacks a functioning government and is unable to repress piracy in its waters, the National Security Council (NSC) developed the interagency Countering Piracy off the Horn of Africa:...
Drug Control: International Programs Face Significant Challenges Reducing the Supply of Illegal Drugs but Support Broad U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives
GAO-10-921T: Published: Jul 21, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2010.
The overall goal of the U.S. National Drug Control Strategy, prepared by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), is to reduce illicit drug use in the United States. GAO has issued more than 20 products since 2000 examining U.S.-funded international programs aimed at reducing the supply of drugs. These programs have been implemented primarily in drug source countries, such a...
Weapons of Mass Destruction: Nonproliferation Programs Need Better Integration
GAO-05-157: Published: Jan 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2005.
Since 1992, the Congress has provided more than $7 billion for threat reduction and nonproliferation programs in the former Soviet Union (FSU). These programs have played a key role in addressing the threats of weapons of mass destruction and are currently expanding beyond the FSU. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 mandated that GAO assess (1) Department of Defense (DOD)...
Information Technology: Terrorist Watch Lists Should Be Consolidated to Promote Better Integration and Sharing
GAO-03-322: Published: Apr 15, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2003.
Terrorist and criminal watch list systems--sometimes referred to as watchout, lookout, target, or tip-off systems--are important tools in controlling and protecting our nation's borders. The events of September 11, 2001, and other incidents since then, have highlighted the need to share these watch lists. In light of the importance of border security, GAO was asked to identify federal databases an...
Combating Terrorism: Spending on Governmentwide Programs Requires Better Management and Coordination
NSIAD-98-39: Published: Dec 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed interagency processes intended to ensure the efficient allocation of funding and resources for the federal government's efforts to combat terrorism, focusing on: (1) federal funding for unclassified programs and activities to combat terrorism; (2) whether any agency or entity has been designated to coordinate budget proposals, establish priorities,...
Combating Terrorism: Federal Agencies' Efforts to Implement National Policy and Strategy
NSIAD-97-254: Published: Sep 26, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed U.S. efforts to combat terrorism, focusing on federal agencies' programs and activities to: (1) prevent and deter terrorism; (2) respond to terrorist threats and incidents; and (3) manage the consequences of a terrorist act, especially involving weapons of mass destruction.GAO noted that: (1) under sponsorship of the National Security Council (NSC)...
National Defense Stockpile: National Security Council Study Inadequate To Set Stockpile Goals
NSIAD-87-146: Published: May 4, 1987. Publicly Released: May 4, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) evaluated the methodology and assumptions the National Security Council (NSC) used in its study of national defense stockpile goals; and (2) compiled the views of the participating agencies.GAO noted that the NSC report recommended the: (1) reduction of the current stockpile goals of $16.1 billion to $700 million; and (2) filling of stockpile shortf...