[Comments on GAO Authorization To Provide Technical Services To Foreign Countries]

B-226878: Published: Nov 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 1987.

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GAO commented on its authority to assume a lead agency role for a project under the U.S-Saudi Arabian Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation. GAO believes that: (1) the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 authorized it to provide technical services to friendly countries on an advance-of-funds or reimbursement basis; and (2) although its mission was to aid and assist Congress in carrying out its responsibilities, it was not in a position to act as a lead agency.

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