U.N. Peacekeeping:

Access to Records Concerning the U.S. Decision-Making Process

GAO-01-180T: Published: Nov 1, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2000.

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This testimony discusses GAO's need to access to records concerning the administration's process for approving United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping operations. To complete this study, GAO needs (1) access to all records at the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Council that are considered to be relevant to GAO's study, and (2) independent access to these agencies' records for the U.N. peacekeeping operations covered by this study. The copies of the requested documents that GAO received were so heavily redacted that they did not provide any useful information. GAO believes the process used by State and DOD threatens its independent access to records as well as the quality and validity of the study. GAO also believes that the existing process of allowing federal agencies to collect the relevant documents and edit their contents before releasing them to GAO is unacceptable and must change.

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