International relations (51 - 60 of 961 items)
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Stronger Planning and Evaluation Needed for Radiological Security Zone Pilot Project
GAO-14-209: Published: Mar 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2014.
Two U.S. agencies—the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)—have several ongoing efforts, both in the United States and internationally, to secure radiological sources that could be used to make a terrorist weapon. These efforts include strengthening regulatory requirements, upgrading security, and recovering unwanted or abandoned radiologi...
International Food Aid: Prepositioning Speeds Delivery of Emergency Aid, but Additional Monitoring of Time Frames and Costs Is Needed
GAO-14-277: Published: Mar 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2014.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) reduces the average delivery time frame for emergency food aid by prepositioning food domestically—that is, in warehouses in the United States—and overseas. GAO estimates that compared with USAID's standard shipping process, which can take several months, prepositioning food aid shortened delivery time frames by an average of almost a month...
Countering Overseas Threats: DOD and State Need to Address Gaps in Monitoring of Security Equipment Transferred to Lebanon
GAO-14-161: Published: Feb 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2014.
The United States allocated $671 million for Lebanese security forces from fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2013. Of these total allocated funds, $477 million, or 71 percent, had been disbursed or committed by the end of fiscal year 2013. Nearly all of the allocations made in fiscal years 2009 through 2011 had been disbursed or committed. For the largest program, Foreign Military Financing, th...
Contingency Contracting: State and USAID Made Progress Assessing and Implementing Changes, but Further Actions Needed
GAO-14-229: Published: Feb 14, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2014.
The Department of State (State) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) identified a number of changes needed to improve contract support in overseas contingency operations, but have not completed implementation efforts. As required by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), both agencies determined that their organizational structures were effective, though S...
Iranian Commercial Activities: Foreign Firms Reported to Have Engaged in Certain Activities Involving Iran's Energy or Communications Sectors
GAO-14-218R: Published: Jan 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 2014.
GAO's review of open sources published between October 1, 2012, and November 7, 2013, identified four foreign firms that were reported to have engaged in commercial activity in Iran's energy sector during this time period, including one previously-unidentified firm--China Oilfield Services Limited. In addition, since the last report issued in December 2012, GAO moved four firms--INA, ONGC Videsh L...
Haiti Reconstruction: USAID Infrastructure Projects Have Had Mixed Results and Face Sustainability Challenges
GAO-14-47T: Published: Oct 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 2013.
As of June 30, 2013, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) had obligated $336 million (52 percent) and disbursed $229.5 million (35 percent) of $651 million in funding for Haiti earthquake reconstruction from the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010.USAID has allocated $170.6 million to construct a power plant and port to support the newly developed Caracol Industrial Park (CIP)....
Global Food Security: USAID Is Improving Coordination but Needs to Require Systematic Assessments of Country-Level Risks
GAO-13-809: Published: Sep 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2013.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has made progress in coordinating with U.S. partner agencies through the whole-of-government approach for the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative that began in 2010. According to USAID documents, this approach involves coordination and integration of expertise and resources across U.S. partner agencies with global food security programs. In report...
Global Food Security: USAID Is Improving Coordination but Needs to Require Systematic Assessments of Country-Level Risks (GAO-13-815SP, September 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-13-809
GAO-13-815SP: Published: Sep 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2013.
This e-publication supplements our report, Global Food Security: USAID Is Improving Coordination but Needs to Require Systematic Assessments of Country-Level Risks (GAO-13-809). The purpose of this e-publication is to provide information from our web-based survey of U.S. representatives implementing Feed the Future (FTF) programs in 19 FTF focus countries. The survey asked their perceptions of the...
Export Promotion: Better Information Needed about Federal Resources
GAO-13-644: Published: Jul 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 2013.
What GAO FoundThe interagency Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC) neither reports nor compiles information on how federal export promotion resources align with government-wide priorities. As a result, decision makers lack a clear understanding of the total resources dedicated across the country and around the world by TPCC member agencies to priority areas, such as increasing exports b...
SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Information on Responsible Sourcing and Companies Affected
GAO-13-689: Published: Jul 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2013.
Stakeholder-developed initiatives may facilitate companies' compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) final conflict minerals rule, but other factors may affect the rule's impact on reducing benefits to armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and neighboring countries. Agency and industry officials as well as representatives from international organizations...