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Agriculture Trade Agreements: Selected Implementation Issues
T-NSIAD-98-106: Published: Feb 26, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1998.
GAO discussed the implementation of certain agricultural provisions of the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), focusing on: (1) the impact of measures to protect human, animal or plant life or health--referred to as sanitary and phytosantiary (SPS) measures; and (2) state trading enterprises (STEs).GAO noted that: (1)...
Trade Liberalization: Western Hemisphere Trade Issues Confronting the United States
NSIAD-97-119: Published: Jul 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on efforts to liberalize trade among the countries of the Western Hemisphere, focusing on: (1) the principal existing subregional trade arrangements in the Western Hemisphere; (2) the current status of Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) discussions; and (3) certain recent developments in regional trade liberalization outside the FTA...
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...
Former Soviet Union: U.S. Bilateral Program Lacks Effective Coordination
NSIAD-95-10: Published: Feb 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the federal government's efforts to transform former Soviet Union (FSU) command economies into more efficient, market-based economies, focusing on the: (1) size, scope, and status of the various U.S. bilateral programs; (2) structures for coordinating and managing these programs; and (3) coordination and structural problems the Administration faces...
Personnel Practices: Detailing of Federal Employees to the White House
GGD-87-102BR: Published: Jul 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed agencies' detailing of employees from their regular duties to the White House to determine the extent and manner of the detailing during fiscal years (FY) 1980 to 1985.GAO found that: (1) the President's annual reports to Congress have underreported the number of detailees to the White House, particularly for FY 1982 and later; (2) although it c...
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,...
U.S. Government Actions Affecting Rice Sales to Korea
ID-83-48: Published: May 18, 1983. Publicly Released: May 31, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the actions of Government agencies concerning Japanese and commercial U.S. sales of rice to Korea.U.S. Government officials believe that the 1980 U.S.-Japan Rice Understanding achieved its purpose of limiting Japanese subsidized exports which were detrimental to U.S. rice producers and exporters. However, GAO noted that other concerned parties e...
Change Is Needed in Overseas Staffing Procedures To Better Assure Consistency With U.S. Program Objectives
ID-82-22: Published: Feb 25, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1982.
A GAO review of the procedures used to select staff for U.S. Government activities at diplomatic missions identified disputes between the State Department and other agencies over State's administration of the Monitoring Overseas Direct Employment (MODE) system.The MODE system was established to control the number of U.S. employees assigned to U.S. diplomatic missions. Disputes have occurred when t...
Systematic Review for Declassification of National Security Information--Do Benefits Exceed Costs?
LCD-81-3: Published: Oct 15, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 1980.
A review was undertaken of the systematic declassification review program provided for in Executive Order 12065. Under Executive Order 12065, the National Archives and Records Service (NARS) is required to review all classified records considered to be of permanent value as they become 20 years old to determine if they can be declassified. One exception is foreign government information, which mus...