Sustaining Improved U.S. Participation in the International Labor Organization Requires New Approaches

NSIAD-84-55: Published: May 3, 1984. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1984.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the renewed efforts of U.S. Government agencies to participate in the International Labor Organization (ILO) after a 2-year absence.

GAO determined that, since rejoining the International Labor Organization in 1980, the United States has improved the management of its participation by establishing overall objectives and by strengthening consultation among Government agencies, employers, and workers who have been delegated to actively participate in ILO. The United States will supply 25 percent of the ILO budget of $254.7 million for 1984 and 1985. By establishing subcommittees which report to the President's Committee on the ILO and by holding preconference and postconference sessions, participation and preparation for meetings have improved since 1980. However, GAO found that certain practices involving ILO-related information need improvement.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Labor should provide adequate information on ILO conventions to facilitate congressional consideration of the measures.

    Agency Affected: Department of Labor

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of State should direct the State Department to take the lead in forming an interagency task force to set U.S. budget policy and strategy on ILO.

    Agency Affected: Department of State

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of State should direct the interagency task force to define the ILO program and budget information requirements and the appropriate means for obtaining this information.

    Agency Affected: Department of State

 

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