International affairs (41 - 50 of 50 items)
Strategic Defense Initiative Program: Controls Needed Over Construction and Operational Support Funds
NSIAD-86-145: Published: Jul 24, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1986.
GAO studied the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) plans for constructing facilities for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program, specifically whether SDIO had adequate management controls in place to identify, plan, review, approve, and notify Congress of SDIO-funded construction projects.GAO found that: (1) SDIO failed to notify Congress in advance of funds it spent on a c...
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...
State Department and USIA Ship Travel and Travel Advances
NSIAD-85-130: Published: Sep 11, 1985. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined travel practices at the Department of State and the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) to determine whether they were in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and in the government's best interest.GAO found that about 260 foreign service travelers used ship transportation during fiscal years 1982 through 1984 at a cost of $556,232 when air...
Transportation of Public Law 480 Commodities--Efforts Needed To Eliminate Unnecessary Costs
NSIAD-85-74: Published: Jun 18, 1985. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1985.
GAO assessed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) and the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) management of the expenditure of U.S. funds for ocean transportation of agricultural commodities.GAO found significant problems indicating that USDA may be paying higher ocean freight differentials than necessary. USDA control over the bidding and negotiation process for ocean transportation contracts was...
Reductions in U.S. Costs To Station Forces in the Federal Republic of Germany and the United Kingdom Are Unlikely
NSIAD-84-130: Published: Jul 31, 1984. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1984.
GAO reported on the prospects for reducing the costs to the government of stationing U.S. troops in Germany and the United Kingdom.GAO found that the United States maintains over 350,000 troops in support of its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) commitments, and many more are stationed in the United States as NATO reinforcements. The Department of Defense (DOD) estimated that $122.3 billio...
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...
Excess Navy Ships Sold to Foreign Countries at Understated Prices
NSIAD-84-7: Published: Apr 12, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1984.
GAO reviewed Navy policies and procedures for selling excess ships to foreign countries.GAO found that the 11 ships sold during 1981 and 1982 were not priced in accordance with Navy guidelines which require that ships be sold at the higher of fair or scrap value. By using scrap value to set prices for eight of the sales, the Navy did not: (1) include the amount spent to upgrade the ships while the...
Improved Analysis Needed To Evaluate DOD's Proposed Long-Term Leases of Capital Equipment
PLRD-83-84: Published: Jun 28, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 1983.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the practices and procedures which are followed by the government in its long-term leasing of capital equipment. GAO limited its review to those long-term leasing programs which the Navy and the Air Force have announced for noncombatant auxiliary cargo and tanker ships and trainer and Tanker Transport Bomber aircraft.GAO found that, contrary to the...
DOD Use of Official Representation Funds To Entertain Foreign Dignitaries
ID-83-7: Published: Dec 29, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed expense accounting by the Department of Defense (DOD) under a program which pays certain expenses of foreign officials who visit the United States.GAO noted that the purpose of the distinguished visitors' program is to strengthen ties with military allies and that participants often discuss the purchase of military weapons. GAO found that the Of...
Export Control Regulation Could Be Reduced Without Affecting National Security
ID-82-14: Published: May 26, 1982. Publicly Released: May 26, 1982.
GAO was requested to examine how well the export control system is carrying out the Export Administration Act's national security goal of controlling exports of militarily significant technology and products to the Soviet Union and other Eastern bloc nations.The government carefully examines less than 1 out of every 17 export applications it processes. The need to continue licensing requirements f...