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Diplomatic Security: State Department Should Better Manage Risks to Residences and Other Soft Targets Overseas
GAO-15-700: Published: Jul 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2015.
The Department of State (State) conducts a range of activities to assess risks to residences overseas. For instance, State tracks information on overseas residences in its property database, establishes threat levels at overseas posts, develops security standards for different types of residences and threat levels, and requires posts to periodically conduct residential security surveys. However, 1...
International Cash-Based Food Assistance: USAID Has Processes for Initial Project Approval but Needs to Strengthen Award Modification and Financial Oversight
GAO-15-760T: Published: Jul 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2015.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awards new cash-based food assistance grants under its Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) through a competitive proposal review or an expedited noncompetitive process; however, USAID lacks formal internal guidance for modifying awards. In its March 2015 review of 22 grant awards, GAO found that USAID made 13 through its competitive process,...
Combating Terrorism: Foreign Terrorist Organization Designation Process and U.S. Agency Enforcement Actions
GAO-15-629: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2015.
The Department of State (State) has developed a six-step process for designating foreign terrorist organizations (FTO) that involves other State bureaus and agency partners in the various steps. State's Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) leads the designation process for State. CT monitors terrorist activity to identify potential targets for designation and also considers recommendations for potentia...
Export-Import Bank: Dual-Use Export Monitoring Guidance Revised and Implemented
GAO-15-611: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2015.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) addressed weaknesses in monitoring the end use of exported “dual-use” items by revising and implementing its guidance for monitoring these items, as GAO recommended in August 2014. Dual-use items are defense articles and services that Ex-Im has determined are nonlethal and primarily meant for civilian use. Specifically, Ex-Im revised its 1997...
Immigration Benefits System: Better Informed Decision Making Needed on Transformation Program
GAO-15-415: Published: May 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2015.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) currently expects that its Transformation Program will cost up to $3.1 billion and be fully deployed no later than March 2019, which is an increase of approximately $1 billion and delay of over 4 years from its initial July 2011 baseline. In March 2012, the program began to significantly change its acquisition strategy to address various techn...
Nonproliferation: State Needs to Establish a Reporting Process That Would Minimize the Delays That May Affect Sanctions on Trade with Iran, North Korea, and Syria
GAO-15-703T: Published: Jun 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2015.
The Department of State (State) is not providing reports to congressional committees in accordance with the 6-month reporting requirements of the 2006 Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). Since 2006, it has provided six reports covering a 6-year period (2006 through 2011), instead of 18 reports covering a 9-year period (2006 through 2014), as required by INKSNA. State prov...
Nonproliferation: State Should Minimize Reporting Delays That May Affect Sanctions on Trade with Iran, North Korea, and Syria
GAO-15-519: Published: May 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2015.
The Department of State (State) is not providing reports to congressional committees in accordance with the 6-month reporting requirements of the 2006 Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). Since 2006, it has provided six reports covering a 6-year period (2006 through 2011), instead of 18 reports covering a 9-year period (2006 through 2014), as required by INKSNA. State provid...
Electronic Cigarettes: Imports, Tariffs, and Data Collection
GAO-15-491R: Published: May 7, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2015.
Import volume and tariff revenue for electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, are unknown, because the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS)—which is used to classify U.S. imports and exports for tariff and other purposes—does not contain statistical reporting numbers specific to e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes, e-cigarette parts, and e-cigarette liquid are imported under HTS s...
Foreign Aid: USAID Has Taken Steps to Safeguard Government-to-Government Funding but Could Further Strengthen Accountability
GAO-15-377: Published: Jun 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 2015.
For each key phase for government-to-government (G2G) assistance activities under its Local Solutions initiative, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has policies that generally reflect federal accountability standards to help ensure funds are used as intended. However, GAO identified several steps in implementing these policies that could further strengthen accountability.Key Co...
Haiti Reconstruction: USAID Has Achieved Mixed Results and Should Enhance Sustainability Planning
GAO-15-517: Published: Jun 3, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 2015.
As of September 30, 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) had allocated $1.7 billion to the Haiti reconstruction effort, directing more than half of this funding to the health and food security sectors. USAID had obligated two-thirds and disbursed more than half of all allocated funding.USAID Funding for Haiti Earthquake Reconstruction as of September 30, 2014 Note: GAO defin...