Agriculture's Export Credit Programs:

Delays in Accessing Records Relating to Iraq

T-GGD-92-47: Published: May 29, 1992. Publicly Released: May 29, 1992.

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GAO discussed its efforts to obtain information and documents concerning reviews of a bank's and Iraq's participation in the Commodity Credit Corporation's General Sales Manager (GSM) 102 and 103 export credit guarantee programs. GAO noted that: (1) its review has been delayed significantly because of some government agencies' reluctance to provide access to required information; (2) the Department of Agriculture did not permit review of the workpapers supporting its May 1990 administrative review of GSM programs until after GAO submitted several oral and written requests; (3) the Department of Justice limited access to documents, and the information GAO obtained was insufficient for audit purposes; (4) the Department of State was concerned about grand jury secrecy rules and screened all documents requested to avoid inappropriate disclosure; (5) the Department of the Treasury did not permit photocopying of minutes from the meetings of the National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Policies, and GAO was unable to adequately analyze a substantial body of information; (6) the Central Intelligence Agency denied a request for a briefing on the Bank's situation, citing a similar briefing it gave to the House Banking Committee; and (7) its ability to provide Congress with timely and accurate information can be frustrated without executive agencies' full cooperation.

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