Foreign governments (41 - 50 of 624 items)
Firms Reported to Have Sold Iran Refined Petroleum Products or Engaged in Commercial Activities in Iran's Energy Sector
GAO-13-173R: Published: Dec 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2012.
Our reviews of open sources published between January 1, 2009 and September 30, 2012 identified a total of 17 foreign firms that were reported to have sold refined petroleum products to Iran during that same time period. Our review of open sources published from January 2012 through September 2012 indicated that only 1 of these 17 firms--Sytrol--was reported to have sold refined petroleum products...
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: Additional DHS Actions Needed on Foreign Worker Permit Program
GAO-12-975: Published: Sep 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2012.
On September 7, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule establishing a transitional work permit program in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) for foreign workers not otherwise admissible under federal law. The final rule addressed key requirements of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA); for example, the rule sets the permit allocat...
International Food Assistance: Improved Targeting Would Help Enable USAID to Reach Vulnerable Groups
GAO-12-862: Published: Sep 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2012.
In-country, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and its implementing partners face a range of factors that, to varying degrees, affect their ability to target food assistance effectively to vulnerable groups. These factors include (1) the quality of data used to identify and reach recipients, (2) host government policies, and (3) sharing of rations among recipients and community...
Status of Open World Exchange Program's Efforts to Strengthen Financial Management and Performance Measurement
GAO-12-1004R: Published: Sep 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2012.
Since our 2004 report, Open World has taken a number of steps to address our recommendations on financial management controls, and has also generally followed leading financial management practices. For example, to address our recommendations, Open World (1) contracted with an independent public accountant to perform an assessment of its ability to be audited; (2) developed Financial Procedures an...
Compact of Free Association: Proposed U.S. Assistance to Palau through Fiscal Year 2024
GAO-12-798T: Published: Sep 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2012.
The Agreement would provide decreasing assistance, totaling approximately $215 million through fiscal year 2024 and includes the following:direct economic assistance ($107.5 million) for Palau government operations;infrastructure project grants ($40 million) to build mutually agreed projects;infrastructure maintenance fund ($28 million) for maintaining the Compact Road, Palaus primary airpor...
Export Controls: U.S. Agencies Need to Assess Control List Reform's Impact on Compliance Activities
GAO-12-613: Published: Apr 23, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2012.
U.S. agencies engaged in export controls use various compliance activities to prevent the diversion or misuse of exported items against U.S. interests or allies and reduce illicit transshipment risk. Compliance activities include (1) vetting transactions prior to export, (2) analyzing shipping data and monitoring the end use of items, and (3) educating companies and foreign governments about illic...
Visa Waiver Program: Additional Actions Needed to Address Risks and Strengthen Overstay Enforcement
GAO-12-287T: Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) manages the Visa Waiver Program, which allows nationals from 36 member countries to apply for admission to the United States as temporary visitors for business or pleasure without a visa. From fiscal year 2005 through fiscal year 2010, over 98 million visitors were admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. During that time period, the De...
Compact of Free Association: Proposed U.S. Assistance to Palau for Fiscal Years 2011- 2024
GAO-12-249T: Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
The Compact of Free Association between the United States and the Republic of Palau, which entered into force in 1994, provided for several types of assistance aimed at promoting Palau's self-sufficiency and economic advancement. Included were 15 years of direct assistance to the Palau government; contributions to a trust fund meant to provide Palau $15 million each year in fiscal years 2010 throu...
Review of U.S. Response to the Honduran Political Crisis of 2009
GAO-12-9R: Published: Oct 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2011.
On June 28, 2009, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was detained by his country's military and flown to Costa Rica. Zelaya's removal from Honduras followed several months of political polarization within Honduras in response to a number of controversial actions taken by Zelaya, including efforts to hold a national poll on June 28, 2009. Zelaya's stated purpose for the poll was to ask Hondurans if t...
Persian Gulf: Implementation Gaps Limit the Effectiveness of End-Use Monitoring and Human Rights Vetting for U.S. Military Equipment
GAO-12-89: Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2011.
The United States has authorized billions of dollars in arms sales and exports to six Persian Gulf countries--Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, regional tensions and civil conflicts have raised concerns about the security and use of arms sold or exported to these countries. The Departments of Defense (DOD) and State (State) established end-use...