International affairs (1 - 3 of 3 items) in Past Year
Department of State: Foreign Language Proficiency Has Improved, but Efforts to Reduce Gaps Need Evaluation
GAO-17-318: Published: Mar 22, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2017.
Foreign language proficiency is a key skill for U.S. diplomats. For example, it helps the State Department effectively process visa applications and address security concerns. Yet, we've found that State has persistent shortfalls in this area—23% of its overseas positions that required foreign language proficiency were filled by staff that didn't meet the requirements (as of September 2016). St...
Export-Import Bank: Status of Dual-Use Exports as of August 2016
GAO-16-844R: Published: Aug 31, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2016.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) received five of six reports required by Ex-Im credit agreements on time for the three dual-use exports—goods that could be used for either defense or civilian purposes, such as satellites or construction equipment—it continued to finance in fiscal year 2014, and mostly followed its own guidance when the sixth report was not submitted on time...
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: U.S. Assistance to Combat This Harmful Practice Abroad Is Limited
GAO-16-485: Published: Apr 27, 2016. Publicly Released: May 19, 2016.
U.S. and United Nations (UN) studies since 2010 have identified a variety of factors contributing to the persistence of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). In many communities where FGM/C is prevalent, FGM/C is an influential social norm that ensures social acceptance and is commonly perceived as a religious obligation. In addition, medicalization of the practice— when it is performed by...