Export Controls:

Assessment of Commerce Department's Reports on Controls on Certain Exports to Iran

NSIAD-88-166: Published: Jun 2, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1988.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO assessed the Secretary of Commerce's reports to Congress regarding two sets of foreign policy controls relating to exports to Iran of: (1) scuba gear and related equipment; and (2) 14 broad categories of products with potential military applications.

GAO found that Commerce complied with statutory reporting requirements, since its reports on the controls addressed the: (1) controls' purposes; (2) probability that the controls would achieve the intended purposes; (3) controls' compatibility with U.S. foreign policy objectives; (4) reaction of other countries to the controls; (5) controls' economic impacts; (6) controls' enforceability; (7) alternative means for achieving the controls' purposes; and (8) foreign availability of the controlled items.

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