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UN Compensation: United Nations Should Clarify the Process and Assumptions Underlying Secretariat Professional Salaries
GAO-13-526: Published: May 29, 2013. Publicly Released: May 29, 2013.
The International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) determines changes to each component of United Nations (UN) Secretariat professional employees' salaries and calculates the difference between UN and U.S. civil service salaries annually. ICSC recommends adjustments to the first component, base salaries, each year to align with changes to U.S. civil service base salaries. For example, ICSC calculat...
Characteristics of Presidential Appointments that do not Require Senate Confirmation
GAO-13-299R: Published: Mar 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2013.
In summary, GAO found the following:There are 321 PA positions governmentwide, which fall into three general groups-- 67 percent of PA positions exist within commissions, councils, committees, boards or foundations; another 29 percent of PA positions are within the Executive Office of the President (EOP); and the remaining 4 percent are within other federal departments or agencies. Within each of...
Iran: U.S. and International Sanctions Have Adversely Affected the Iranian Economy
GAO-13-326: Published: Feb 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2013.
Since 2010, congressional legislation, such as the Comprehensive Iran Accountability, Sanctions, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA), as well as a number of executive orders, have established additional U.S. financial sanctions targeting Iran. For example, CISADA authorized the imposition of sanctions on foreign financial institutions that facilitated certain activities or financial transactions b...
World Food Program: Stronger Controls Needed in High-Risk Areas
GAO-12-790: Published: Sep 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2012.
The design of the United Nations (UN) World Food Program's (WFP) internal controls related to delivery and monitoring of food assistance generally reflects principles for internal controls and enterprise risk management developed by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). WFP has developed an internal control framework that has, like the COSO internal control f...
World Health Organization: Reform Agenda Developed, but U.S. Actions to Monitor Progress Could be Enhanced
GAO-12-722: Published: Jul 23, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2012.
In May 2012, 194 member states approved components of the World Health Organization's (WHO) reform agenda, encompassing three broad areas--priority-setting, governance, and management reforms--that generally address the challenges identified by stakeholders. According to WHO officials, member state representatives, and other stakeholders, some of the challenges facing WHO include its (1) lack of c...
United Nations Renovations: Best Practices Could Enhance Future Cost Estimates
GAO-12-795: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
The Capital Master Plan (CMP) has made progress, but may not deliver the projects original scope, faces risks meeting its scheduled completion date, and is projected to be about $430 million over budget as of February 2012. Regarding the projects scope, the CMP office may not renovate the Library and South Annextwo of the five buildings in its original scopedue to the lack...
UN Internal Oversight: Progress Made on Independence and Staffing Issues, but Further Actions Are Needed
GAO-11-871: Published: Sep 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2011.
The United States has long advocated for strong oversight of the United Nations (UN). In 2005, GAO raised long-standing concerns that the ability of the UN's Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) to carry out its mandate was constrained in scope and authority, and in 2006, GAO found that funding arrangements impeded OIOS's ability to operate independently. The U.S. Mission to the UN also ex...
United Nations: Improved Reporting and Member States' Consensus Needed for Food and Agriculture Organization's Reform Plan
GAO-11-922: Published: Sep 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2011.
The United States and other member states have long-standing concerns about the management and operations of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a United Nations (UN) specialized agency charged with leading international efforts to defeat hunger. After an external evaluation found that FAO needed to reform, FAO adopted its reform plan, called the Immediate Plan of Action for FAO Renewal (...
Afghanistan's Donor Dependence
GAO-11-948R: Published: Sep 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2011.
The United States has allocated over $72 billion to secure, stabilize, and rebuild Afghanistan since 2002, and the President requested over $18 billion for these purposes for fiscal year 2012. GAO has on numerous occasions raised doubts about the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's (GIRoA) ability to fund its public expenditures--funds spent to provide public services to the Afghan...
Burma: UN and U.S. Agencies Assisted Cyclone Victims in Difficult Environment, but Improved U.S. Monitoring Needed
GAO-11-700: Published: Jul 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2011.
Cyclone Nargis hit Burma's impoverished Irrawaddy Delta on May 2, 2008, leaving nearly 140,000 people dead or missing and severely affecting about 2.4 million others, according to the UN. The Burmese military government initially blocked most access to the affected region; however, amid international pressure, it slowly began allowing international aid workers entry into the region. Since 1997, th...