Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (1 - 8 of 8 items)
Higher Education: Approaches to Attract and Fund International Students in the United States and Abroad
GAO-09-379: Published: Apr 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2009.
Following September 11, 2001, the number of international students coming to the United States dropped for the first time in over 30 years. While enrollments have rebounded, the U.S. image has declined in the Muslim world and elsewhere. To improve global attitudes toward America, the U.S. government funds higher education for international students to facilitate exchanges, promote understanding am...
Independent Media Development Abroad: Challenges Exist in Implementing U.S. Efforts and Measuring Results
GAO-05-803: Published: Jul 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2005.
Independent media development led by the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supports the national security goal of developing sustainable democracies around the world. Independent media institutions play a role in supporting commerce, improving public health efforts, reducing corruption, and providing civic education. According to the Freedom House's Free...
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...
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...
Overseas Presence: More Work Needed on Embassy Rightsizing
GAO-02-143: Published: Nov 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 27, 2001.
The Department of State is leading an interagency assessment of staffing needs in U.S. embassies and consulates to improve mission effectiveness and reduce security vulnerabilities and costs. This process, called "rightsizing," was begun in response to the recommendations of the Overseas Presence Advisory Panel. In the aftermath of the August 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa, the Panel de...
Foreign Affairs: Effort to Upgrade Information Technology Overseas Faces Formidable Challenges
T-AIMD/NSIAD-00-214: Published: Jun 22, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of State's efforts to improve the foreign affairs community's information technology infrastructure, focusing on: (1) State's efforts to implement the Overseas Presence Advisory Panel's recommendations; and (2) the challenges and risks it will face as it proceeds.GAO noted that: (1) the Overseas Presence Advisory Panel was formed to...
State Department: Progress and Challenges in Addressing Management Issues
T-NSIAD-00-124: Published: Mar 8, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of State's fiscal year (FY) 2001 budget, focusing on the management challenges that State faces in improving its operations in four areas.GAO noted that: (1) State faces several wide-ranging and complex challenges in managing its vast overseas operations; (2) these challenges include: (a) improving the security of U.S. personnel and...
Public Diplomacy in the Years Ahead: An Assessment of Proposals for Reorganization
ID-77-21: Published: May 5, 1977. Publicly Released: May 5, 1977.
An analysis was undertaken of the recommendations made by the Panel on International Information, Education, and Cultural Relations for changing the administration of public diplomacy. Present operations are primarily under the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Information Agency (USIA).The Panel proposed reassignment of the USIA policy functions to the Dep...