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Foreign Assistance: Disaster Recovery Program Addressed Intended Purposes, but USAID Needs Greater Flexibility to Improve Its Response Capability
GAO-02-787: Published: Jul 24, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2002.
In the fall of 1998, when hurricanes Mitch and Georges struck Central America and the Caribbean, the United States and other donors responded by providing emergency relief, such as food, water, medical supplies, and temporary shelter. Also, In May 1999, Congress passed emergency supplemental legislation that provided $621 million for a disaster recovery and reconstruction fund for the affected cou...
Food Aid: Experience of U.S. Programs Suggests Opportunities for Improvement
GAO-02-801T: Published: Jun 4, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 2002.
The United States spent $50 billion (2002 dollars) on food aid between 1979 and 2003. Notwithstanding these sizable donations and donations by other countries, the need for food aid in the developing world far exceeds available supply. U.S. food aid is provided through six programs administered by the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). These progra...
Foreign Assistance: Global Food for Education Initiative Faces Challenges for Successful Implementation
GAO-02-328: Published: Feb 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2002.
At the Group of Eight industrialized countries' summit in July 2000, President Clinton proposed a Global Food for Education Initiative (GFEI) whereby developed countries would provide school breakfasts or lunches to needy children in poor countries. The aim of the initiative is to use school meals to attract children to school, keep them attending once they enroll, and improve learning. The presid...
Cooperative Threat Reduction: DOD Has Adequate Oversight of Assistance, but Procedural Limitations Remain
GAO-01-694: Published: Jun 19, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2001.
Since 1992, Congress has authorized more than $3 billion for the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program to help Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, and Georgia secure and eliminate weapons of mass destruction. Concerned about proper oversight of equipment and services provided by the program, Congress required the Department of Defense (DOD) to report annually on whether...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: DOE's Efforts to Assist Weapons Scientists in Russia's Nuclear Cities Face Challenges
GAO-01-429: Published: May 3, 2001. Publicly Released: May 15, 2001.
TThe United States and Russia began an ambitious nonproliferation program, the Nuclear Cities Initiative (NCI), to create sustainable job opportunities for weapons scientists in Russia's closed nuclear cities and to help Russia accelerate the downsizing of its nuclear weapons complex in in 1998. The program, however, poses a daunting challenge. The nuclear cities are geographically and economicall...
Foreign Assistance: Implementing Disaster Recovery Assistance in Latin America
GAO-01-541T: Published: Mar 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2001.
This testimony discusses the U.S. government's disaster recovery and reconstruction program for countries that have been devastated by hurricanes. GAO found that the Agency for International Development (AID) and other U.S. agencies are using the disaster recovery assistance to bring about economic recovery, improve public health and access to education, provide permanent housing for displaced fam...
Foreign Assistance: U.S. Food Aid Program to Russia Had Weak Internal Controls
NSIAD/AIMD-00-329: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the internal controls used by the Foreign Agricultural Service in its management of the fiscal year 1999 government-to-government food aid programs to Russia, focusing on: (1) the adequacy of internal controls used to monitor the distribution of food aid commodities; (2) the adequacy of procedures for monitoring collections and depos...
Foreign Assistance: Lack of Haitian Commitment Limited Success of U.S. Aid to Justice System
T-NSIAD-00-257: Published: Sep 19, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the preliminary results of its review of U.S. assistance provided to Haiti's justice system, focusing on the: (1) results of the U.S. assistance provided to the Haitian police and judicial sector and the major problems that continue to affect these justice institutions; and (2) primary factors that have affected the success of the assistance.GAO n...
Foreign Assistance: Donation of U.S. Planting Seed to Russia in 1999 Had Weaknesses
NSIAD-00-91: Published: Mar 9, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on weaknesses in the donation of U.S. planting seed to Russia in 1999, focusing on: (1) how the seed was procured in the United States; (2) how seeds were distributed and monitored in Russia; and (3) what the process was for selling the seed and distributing the proceeds to agricultural development institutions.GAO noted that: (1) under...
Cooperative Threat Reduction: DOD's 1997-98 Reports on Accounting for Assistance Were Late and Incomplete
NSIAD-00-40: Published: Mar 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) calendar years 1997 and 1998 accounting reports for the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program, which provides assistance to the former Soviet Union, focusing on each report's: (1) compliance with its respective deadline for submission to Congress; and (2) accuracy and completeness.GAO noted that: (1) DOD was...