Foreign Affairs Issues

OCG-93-26TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO summarized issues relating to major foreign affairs policy, management, and programs, focusing on: (1) post-Cold War diplomacy; (2) international broadcasting; (3) program management; (4) U.S. participation in United Nations (UN) organizations; (5) international narcotics control programs; and (6) refugee program administration.

GAO noted that: (1) the United States faces a challenge in adjusting its foreign policy and diplomatic activities to a more global foreign policy that promotes broader U.S. interests; (2) many believe that Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty broadcasts are relics of the Cold War and should be terminated; (3) the Department of State has key management control weaknesses in its financial operations, personnel management, property management, foreign support services, and cashiering operations; (4) UN management reforms have encouraged the United States to pay its assessed contributions as a UN member; (5) State needs to streamline its counternarcotics programming and management system by designing and using better review and evaluation procedures and promoting more international cooperation and support; and (6) the federal government needs to comprehensively review its role in refugee crises and repatriations, the impact of increased refugee admissions, and the apportionment of admissions among different refugee populations.

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