Department of State (81 - 90 of 1,478 items)
Egypt: U.S. Government Should Examine Options for Using Unobligated Funds and Evaluating Security Assistance Programs
GAO-15-259: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2015.
U.S. strategic objectives and levels of assistance to Egypt have generally remained constant since fiscal year 2009, though the U.S. government adjusted some aspects of its assistance in response to events in Egypt. According to documents and senior U.S. officials, U.S. strategic objectives are to assist Egypt to be stable, democratic, and prosperous; uphold the peace treaty with Israel and advanc...
Government Publishing Office: Production of Secure Credentials for the Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection
GAO-15-326R: Published: Mar 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2015.
The Department of State (State) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) considered a variety of cost and non-cost factors in selecting the Government Publishing Office (GPO) to obtain their secure credentials. Specifically, State and CBP officials concluded after consideration of factors such as interagency coordination and collaboration and pricing, among others, that GPO was best able to me...
H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs: Increased Protections Needed for Foreign Workers
GAO-15-154: Published: Mar 6, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2015.
More than 250,000 foreign workers entered the United States through the H-2A (agricultural) and H-2B (nonagricultural) visa programs in fiscal years 2009 through 2013. U.S. employers use a process that involves multiple federal agencies to petition for and employ temporary foreign workers through these visa programs. The Department of State (State) reported that most workers using these visas were...
Central America: Information on Migration of Unaccompanied Children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
GAO-15-362: Published: Feb 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2015.
Department of State (State), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials stationed in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras most commonly identified crime and violence and economic concerns as causes primarily responsible for the recent rapid increase in migration to the United States by unaccompanied alien children (UAC). These causes were...
African Growth and Opportunity Act: Lessons Learned from Other Countries' Trade Arrangements with Sub-Saharan Africa
GAO-15-393R: Published: Feb 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2015.
In 2014, the White House proposed a strategy for investing in African trade. One part of the five-part strategy --Renew and Update the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to Increase Market Access Opportunities for Africa--consisted of four specific recommendations:Approve a long term extension of AGOA.Expand AGOA's product coverage.Improve rules of origin.Update eligibility criteria and rev...
Contingency Contracting: Contractor Personnel Tracking System Needs Better Plans and Guidance
GAO-15-250: Published: Feb 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 2015.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has assessed resources that it needs to sustain its contract data system, the Global Acquisition and Assistance System (GLAAS), but the Department of Defense (DOD) has not assessed all resources that it will need to sustain the Synchronized Predeployment and Operational Tracker–Enterprise Suite (SPOT-ES). DOD, the Department of State (State)...
Building Partner Capacity: DOD Should Improve Its Reporting to Congress on Challenges to Expanding Ministry of Defense Advisors Program
GAO-15-279: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has expanded the Global Ministry of Defense Advisors (MODA) program more slowly than planned. It had 2 advisors in the field in Kosovo and Montenegro for most of fiscal year 2014, short of its goal of deploying 12 advisors by the end of fiscal year 2014. DOD deployed advisors to 2 additional countries just before the end of fiscal year 2014 (see figure). According t...
Iranian Commercial Activities Update: Foreign Firms Reported to Have Engaged in Iran's Energy or Communications Sectors
GAO-15-258R: Published: Jan 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2015.
GAO’s reviews of open sources published between November 8, 2013, and December 1, 2014, identified five foreign firms that were reported to have engaged in commercial activity in Iran’s energy sector during this time period. For six additional firms that GAO had previously identified as reported to have engaged in commercial activity in Iran’s energy sector, GAO found insufficient informatio...
Defense Base Act Insurance: State Department Should Evaluate Its Open Market System and Incorporate Leading Practices into Any Future Single Insurer Solicitation
GAO-15-194: Published: Jan 6, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2015.
The Department of State (State) did not follow leading acquisition practices in transitioning from a single insurer Defense Base Act (DBA) program to an open market system. Leading practices emphasize adequately documenting market research, allowing enough time to complete a solicitation, and collecting and analyzing data to select among alternatives, but State took limited measures to document th...
Federal Subcontracting: Further Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Pass-through Contracts
GAO-15-200: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014.
Congress required the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of State (State), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to issue guidance and regulations as necessary to ensure that contracting officers complete additional analyses prior to awarding pass-through contracts—contracts meeting certain criteria and in which prime contractors plan to subcontract 70 perce...