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United Nations: Analysis of Selected Media Products Shows Half Oppose Key U.S. Interests
NSIAD-86-98: Published: Apr 18, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO analyzed United Nations (UN) Department of Public Information (DPI) materials to determine whether they: (1) supported or opposed political positions taken by the United States; and (2) fairly and objectively discussed the United States and its policies on apartheid disarmament, new world information and communication structures, and Palestine.GAO found...
Refugee Program: Initial Reception and Placement of New Arrivals Should Be Improved
NSIAD-86-69: Published: Apr 7, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1986.
GAO reviewed the Department of State's initial refugee reception and placement program to assess: (1) the management of the refugee resettlement program; (2) the distribution and use of grant funds; and (3) the extent to which grant funds have helped refugees move toward self-sufficiency.GAO noted that State awards per capita grants to voluntary agencies to provide refugees with core services such...
Export Promotion: Activities of the Commerce Department's District Offices
NSIAD-86-43: Published: Feb 14, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the mission, activities, and effectiveness of the Department of Commerce's district offices.GAO noted that: (1) the primary goal of district offices is to assist small firms in developing their export potential; (2) in recent years, district offices have devoted an increased portion of their resources to assisting businesses in complying with expor...
Military Loans: Repayment Problems Mount as Debt Increases
NSIAD-86-10: Published: Oct 30, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the repayment records of countries receiving loans under the U.S. foreign aid programs, to determine: (1) the status of the Guaranty Reserve Fund set up to back the loans; (2) how foreign governments repay the loans; and (3) how U.S. military aid shifted from mostly market rate loans to mostly outright grants and concessional interest rate loans.GA...
Stricter Enforcement of Refugees' Transportation Loan Repayments Needed
NSIAD-85-56: Published: Mar 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Department of State's transportation loan program, which finances the transportation of refugees from temporary asylums overseas to the United States through a revolving loan fund, administered by the Intergovernmental Committee for Migration (ICM), which is an international organization based in Switzerland.GAO found that, before leaving their asylum countries, refugees sign inte...
Use of a Capital Saving Technology Approach in AID's Development Assistance Program
NSIAD-84-142: Published: Jul 26, 1984. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1984.
GAO reviewed the Agency for International Development's (AID) capital saving technology (CST) activities.Recognizing a need for more labor intensive, capital saving tools and methods in developing countries, Congress enacted legislation which authorized AID to support greater CST efforts. AID created Appropriate Technology International (ATI) as a private, nonprofit organization to carry out CST a...
New and Better Equipment Being Made Available for International Nuclear Safeguards
NSIAD-84-46: Published: Jun 14, 1984. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated U.S. research and development efforts regarding equipment for the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) nuclear safeguards program.The main mechanism by which the United States assists IAEA is the Program of Technical Assistance to Safeguards (POTAS). Through POTAS, the United States has developed 21 types of safeguard equipment for IAEA use...
Opportunities for Greater Cost Effectiveness in Public Law 480, Title I Food Purchases
NSIAD-84-69: Published: Apr 19, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1984.
GAO discussed opportunities to improve the effectiveness of subsidized food purchases by recipient, developing countries under the Public Law 480, title I program.Under the program, the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service in fiscal year (FY) 1982 financed about $722 million worth of purchases of agricultural commodities by developing countries. GAO examined 54 of the 86...
Benefits of International Agreement on Trade-Distorting Subsidies Not Yet Realized
NSIAD-83-10: Published: Aug 15, 1983. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1983.
GAO reviewed U.S. efforts to reduce and eliminate the adverse effects of trade-related subsidy practices of foreign governments.GAO found that the United States wanted stronger rules on the use of subsidies and better procedures for resolving subsidy-related disputes between governments. It appears to have achieved these goals with the Subsidies Agreement; however, the emphasis of the agreement is...
AID Assistance to the Eastern Caribbean: Program Changes and Possible Consequences
ID-83-50: Published: Jul 22, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1983.
GAO reported on the methods the Agency for International Development (AID) uses to administer the U.S. assistance program to the Eastern Caribbean.GAO found that, while AID has greatly increased its assistance to the Eastern Caribbean, it has made strategy changes which will place additional burdens on its staff. In the last several years, AID has decreased assistance channeled through the Caribbe...