Former Soviet Union:

An Update on Coordination of U.S. Assistance and Economic Cooperation Programs

NSIAD-96-16: Published: Dec 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 1995.

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GAO examined U.S. bilateral programs designed to help the former Soviet Union (FSU) implement political and economic reforms, focusing on: (1) the Department of State Coordinator's role in and authority over bilateral FSU programs; and (2) interagency cooperation in implementing Freedom Support Act programs.

GAO found that: (1) since GAO's February 1995 report, the FSU Coordinator's role has been expanded to include oversight of all U.S. government bilateral programs in the FSU, and his authority to review budgets and direct the interagency process for program development and implementation has been strengthened; (2) despite this, the Coordinator has been unable to effectively exercise his authority to oversee the FSU anticrime program being financed with Freedom Support Act funds; and (3) interagency cooperation in implementing Freedom Support Act programs has improved, with fewer disagreements on program content.

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