Status of U.S.-Saudi Arabian Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation

ID-83-32 Published: May 26, 1983. Publicly Released: Jun 02, 1983.
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GAO assessed the organization, operations, and activities of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation. Specifically, GAO reviewed: (1) overall U.S. management of the Commission; (2) how effectively projects are being carried out; and (3) what problems exist and what actions are being taken to resolve them.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Treasury The Secretary of the Treasury should direct the U.S. Coordinator to: (1) work with the Saudi Coordinator and establish specific goals, objectives, and milestones for each project including when U.S. federal employees in operational-type positions can be phased out, and when project goals and objectives will be met and projects terminated; and (2) request that the training coordination group determine whether increased incentives, primarily increased compensation, would improve the availability of Saudi trainees and their subsequent retention.
Closed – Implemented
Implementationof the recommendation is long-term in nature. It will probably take several years before the responsiveness of actions taken can be assessed.
Department of the Treasury The Secretary of the Treasury, to further ongoing efforts to identify and disseminate information on trade opportunities to U.S. firms, should emphasize to implementing agencies the importance of project team leaders' being fully aware of the Joint Commission trade objective.
Closed – Implemented
Implementation of the recommendations is long term in nature. It will probaly take several years before the responsiveness of the actions taken can be assessed.

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