International affairs (11 - 20 of 87 items)
Overseas Presence: Rightsizing Is Key to Considering Relocation of Regional Staff to New Frankfurt Center
GAO-03-1061: Published: Sep 2, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 2, 2003.
The State Department plans to spend at least $80 million to purchase and renovate a multibuilding facility in Frankfurt, Germany. The facility, known as Creekbed, is scheduled to open in mid-2005. The project is a key rightsizing initiative under the President's Management Agenda to reassess and reconfigure the staffing of the U.S. overseas presence. Creekbed is expected to achieve the department'...
Export Controls: More Thorough Analysis Needed to Justify Changes in High Performance Computer Controls
GAO-02-892: Published: Aug 2, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2002.
For national security and foreign policy reasons, U.S. export control policy seeks to balance economic interests in promoting high technology exports with national security interests to maintain a military advantage in high performance computers over potential adversaries. In January 2002, the President announced that the control threshold--above which computers exported to countries such as China...
Former Soviet Union: U.S. Rule of Law Assistance Has Had Limited Impact
GAO-01-354: Published: Apr 17, 2001. Publicly Released: May 17, 2001.
For fiscal years 1992 through 2000, the U.S. government provided assistance to help the 12 newly independent states of the former Soviet Union develop the sustainable institutions, traditions, and legal foundations that ensure a strong rule of law. This report (1) assesses the extent to which the program has had an impact on the development of the rule of law and whether the program results are su...
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...
Export Controls: Information on the Decision to Revise High Performance Computer Controls
NSIAD-98-196: Published: Sep 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement and a congressional request, GAO reviewed concerns that U.S. national security interests may have been compromised by sales of unlicensed high performance computers (HPC) to China and Russia, focusing on: (1) the basis for the executive branch's revision of HPC export controls; (2) changes in licensing activities and the implementation of certain U.S. licensin...
Special Studies and Evaluations Issue Area Plan: Fiscal Years 1998-2000
IAP-98-19: Published: May 1, 1998. Publicly Released: May 1, 1998.
GAO presented its Special Studies and Evaluations issue area plan for fiscal years 1998-2000.GAO plans to assess: (1) a methodological framework to determine the impacts and outcomes of selected foreign assistance programs; (2) the Department of Defense's (DOD) methodologies for assessing the risks of military activities that may affect the health and safety of nearby populations; (3) appropriate...
Drug Control: U.S. Counternarcotics Efforts in Colombia Face Continuing Challenges
NSIAD-98-60: Published: Feb 12, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of drug control efforts in Colombia and the impact of the 1996 and 1997 U.S. decisions to decertify Colombia as a drug-fighting ally, focusing on: (1) the nature of the drug-trafficking threat from Colombia; (2) the political, economic, and operational implications of the decertification decisions; and (3) U.S. efforts to plan and manage...
Hong Kong's Reversion to China: Effective Monitoring Critical to Assess U.S. Nonproliferation Risks
NSIAD-97-149: Published: May 22, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether U.S. export control policy toward Hong Kong will adequately protect U.S. national security and nonproliferation interests after Hong Kong's reversion to China, focusing on: (1) the potential risks and consequences of continuing to export sensitive technologies to the territory after reversion, given China's past proliferation behavior; (2)...
Export Controls: Some Controls Over Missile-Related Technology Exports to China Are Weak
NSIAD-95-82: Published: Apr 17, 1995. Publicly Released: May 17, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and U.S. missile technology-related exports to the Peoples' Republic of China, focusing on the: (1) extent to which dual-use and missile technologies are exported to sensitive end-users; (2) U.S. government's ability to monitor China's compliance with the U.S.-China bilateral agreement; an...
Honduras: Continuing U.S. Military Presence at Soto Cano Base Is Not Critical
NSIAD-95-39: Published: Feb 8, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 1995.
GAO reviewed whether the U.S. military presence at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras is critical to current U.S. activities and objectives in the region, focusing on: (1) the cost of maintaining U.S. forces at the base; (2) U.S. objectives for regional economic growth and democratic reform; (3) drug interdiction activities; and (4) the withdrawal of U.S. forces from an air base in Panama.GAO found th...