Management (51 - 60 of 122 items)
Hurricane Katrina: Policies and Procedures Are Needed to Ensure Appropriate Use of and Accountability for International Assistance
GAO-06-600T: Published: Apr 6, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2006.
In response to Hurricane Katrina, countries and organizations donated to the United States government cash and in-kind donations, including foreign military assistance. The National Response Plan establishes that the Department of State (DOS) is the coordinator of all offers of international assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...
Border Security: Strengthened Visa Process Would Benefit from Additional Management Actions by State and DHS
GAO-05-994T: Published: Sep 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2005.
In adjudicating a visa application, Department of State (State) consular officers are on the front line of defense against those whose entry would likely be harmful to U.S. national interests. In October 2002, we identified shortcomings and made recommendations on the role of national security in the visa process. This testimony discusses our report issued today on actions taken since our 2002 rep...
Globalization: Numerous Federal Activities Complement U.S. Business's Global Corporate Social Responsibility Efforts
GAO-05-744: Published: Aug 8, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2005.
The trend toward globalization has intensified the debate about the proper role of business and government in global "corporate social responsibility" (CSR),which involves business efforts to address the social and environmental concerns associated with business operations. The growth in global trade and the dramatic increase in foreign direct investment in developing countries raise questions reg...
Financial Audit: The Department of State's Fiscal Year 2004 Management Representation Letter on Its Financial Statements
GAO-05-592R: Published: Jun 23, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2005.
The Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is required to annually prepare and submit audited financial statements of the U.S. government to the President and the Congress. We are required to audit these consolidated financial statements (CFS) and report on the results of our work. In connection with fulfilling our requirement to...
Olympic Security: U.S. Support to Athens Games Provides Lessons for Future Olympics
GAO-05-547: Published: May 31, 2005. Publicly Released: May 31, 2005.
The 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, were held against the backdrop of growing concerns about international terrorism. Despite widespread fears of a potential terrorist attack on the Olympics, Greece hosted a safe and secure event with no terrorist incidents. To assist Greece in securing the 2004 Games, U.S. government agencies provided training and other support in the four years leading u...
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: Issues Affecting Funding of Iraqi National Congress Support Foundation
GAO-04-559: Published: Apr 30, 2004. Publicly Released: May 20, 2004.
As part of the efforts by the United States to oust Saddam Hussein, a critical element of U.S. policy included funding the Iraqi National Congress as the lead Iraqi opposition coalition. In 1999, the Iraqi National Congress Support Foundation (INCSF) was established to provide an organizational structure for Department of State funding. From March 2000 until September 2003, the Department of State...
Visa Operations at U.S. Posts in Canada
GAO-04-708R: Published: May 18, 2004. Publicly Released: May 18, 2004.
On October 21, 2002, we reported that consular staff at posts around the world held different views on balancing national security and customer service in the process of adjudicating visas. Since then, the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs has underscored the importance of visa operations in protecting our nation's security and implemented many changes in visa processing to tighten...
Embassy Construction: State Department Has Implemented Management Reforms, but Challenges Remain
GAO-04-100: Published: Nov 4, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2003.
Since the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, the State Department has done much to improve physical security at overseas posts. However, most overseas diplomatic office facilities still do not meet the security standards State developed to protect these sites from terrorist attacks and other dangers. To correct this problem, State in 1999 embarked on an estimated $21 billion embassy co...
Border Security: Implications of Eliminating the Visa Waiver Program
GAO-03-38: Published: Nov 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 2002.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Congress, the administration, law enforcement officials, and the public have questioned the effectiveness of U.S. visa programs in protecting national security. Some have voiced concern that terrorists or other criminals may exploit one of these programs--the Visa Waiver Program--to enter the United States. The program enables citizens of...