Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs (1 - 9 of 9 items)
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...
Embassy Management: State Department and Other Agencies Should Further Explore Opportunities to Save Administrative Costs Overseas
GAO-12-317: Published: Jan 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2012.
Agencies continue to provide potentially duplicative administrative services overseas despite slight increases in their participation in ICASS since 2004. When agencies had a choice to opt out of ICASS and provide services independently, they did so about one-third of the time, on average, in 2011. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), however, has reduced duplicative administrati...
Overseas Presence: State and USAID Should Adopt a Comprehensive Plan to Improve the Consolidation of Overseas Support Services
GAO-06-829: Published: Sep 8, 2006. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2006.
The Department of State (State) has embassies in about 180 countries, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) maintains missions in about 90 of those countries. At many posts, State and USAID are located on separate compounds and maintain multiple support service operations, such as warehouses. However, the United States is in the process of building new embassy compounds that wi...
Embassy Construction: Proposed Cost-Sharing Program Could Speed Construction and Reduce Staff Levels, but Some Agencies Have Concerns
GAO-05-32: Published: Nov 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2004.
The Department of State is in the early stages of a proposed multibillion dollar program to build secure new embassies and consulates around the world. Under the proposed Capital Security Cost-Sharing Program, all agencies with staff assigned to overseas diplomatic missions would share in construction costs. This report describes (1) the rationale for and development of the program, (2) agency con...
State Department: Major Management Challenges and Program Risks
T-NSIAD/AIMD-99-99: Published: Mar 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the major management challenges and program risks facing the Department of State.GAO noted that: (1) the major management challenges facing State are not simple; (2) they cover a wide spectrum of State's operations and responsibilities around the world; (3) if these challenges are not met, they could seriously undermine its ability to function eff...
State Department: Options for Reducing Overseas Housing and Furniture Costs
NSIAD-98-128: Published: Jul 31, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1998.
GAO reviewed the practices of the private sector and other foreign governments to determine whether those practices offer the potential to reduce overseas housing costs and provide quality services for Department of State and other agencies.GAO noted that: (1) its examination of practices in the private sector suggests that several options may exist to reduce State's overseas residential housing a...
State Department: Options for Addressing Possible Budget Reductions
NSIAD-96-124: Published: Aug 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of State's reform and cost-cutting efforts and identified options that would enable State to adjust to reduced budgets.GAO found that: (1) State does not have a comprehensive strategy to restructure and downsize its operations to meet potential funding reductions; (2) State has reduced its staff and implemented some cost reduction me...
Report on Examination of Economic and Technical Assistance Program for Cambodia, International Cooperation Administration Department of State, Fiscal Years 1955-1957
B-133002: Published: Jun 02, 1958. Publicly Released: Jun 02, 1958.
As part of our audit of the activities authorized by the Mutual Security Act of 1954, as amended (22 U.S.C. 1751), we have examined the United States economic and technical assistance program for Cambodia, as administered by the International Cooperation Administration (ICA) of the Department of State and its predecessor, the Foreign Operations Administration (FOA). Our examination included a revi...
Report on Examination of Special Defense Financing Program for France, International Cooperation Administration, Department of State, June 30, 1957
B-132953: Published: Feb 10, 1958. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 1958.
As part of our continuing audit of selected activities of the Mutual Security Program, we have examined certain matters of administration relative to the Special Defense Financing Program for France, authorized in section 102 of the Mutual Security Act of 1951, as amended (67 Stat. 153). Our examination included reviews and discussions in Washington, D.C., and in Paris, France, (1) at the Internat...