Arms Control and International Security (1 - 7 of 7 items) in Custom Date Range
Human Trafficking: State Has Made Improvements in Its Annual Report but Does Not Explicitly Explain Certain Tier Rankings or Changes
GAO-17-56: Published: Dec 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2016.
The Department of State's (State) Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (Trafficking Office) compiles information on countries' actions to combat human trafficking and recommends tier rankings for the Trafficking in Persons Report but did not post information on waivers within mandated timeframes. The figure below shows the percentage of countries by tier in the 2015 and 2016 repor...
Security Assistance: Better Records Management and More Reporting Needed on Presidential Drawdowns
GAO-16-291: Published: Apr 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2016.
Drawdown proposals to provide U.S. assistance for an international crisis are typically developed through an interagency process led by the Departments of State (State) and Defense (DOD), and involving the National Security Council and the Executive Office of the President. State and DOD work with other agencies to determine whether to use a drawdown authority and identify the assistance to be pro...
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...
Combating Terrorism: Department of State Programs to Combat Terrorism Abroad
GAO-02-1021: Published: Sep 6, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2002.
Efforts to combat terrorism have become an increasingly important part of government activities. These efforts have also become important in the United States' relations with other countries and with international organizations, such as the United Nations (U.N.). The Department of State is charged with coordinating these international efforts and protecting Americans abroad. State has helped dire...
Defense Trade: Identifying Foreign Acquisitions Affecting National Security Can Be Improved
NSIAD-00-144: Published: Jun 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the process used by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to identify foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies, focusing on current identification process used by the Committee and the effectiveness of the Committee's follow-up on acquisitions identified by its member agencies.GAO noted that: (1) the identification process the Comm...
China: Military Imports From the United States and the European Union Since the 1989 Embargoes
NSIAD-98-176: Published: Jun 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) terms of the European Union (EU) embargo and the extent of EU military sales to China since 1989; (2) terms of the U.S. embargo and the extent of U.S. military sales to China since 1989; and (3) potential role that such EU and U.S. sales could play in addressing China's defense needs.GAO noted that: (1) the EU embargo is based on a 1989 po...
The Office of Munitions Control Can Strengthen Its License Review Process
T-NSIAD-87-41: Published: Sep 11, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1987.
GAO discussed the Department of State's Office of Munition Control's (OMC) arms export control activities to determine whether exporters complied with certain administrative and reporting requirements. GAO noted that OMC: (1) failed to routinely check export license application data and rarely verified purchasers' legitimacy; (2) has insufficient information processing capability; (3) needs to per...