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GAO reviewed U.S. efforts to reduce and eliminate the adverse effects of trade-related subsidy practices of foreign governments.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Agriculture 1. The U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretaries of Agriculture and State should each designate a representative to cooperate with Commerce's foreign subsidies librarian in establishing procedures to improve the flow of information on foreign subsidy practices to Commerce's library.
Closed - Implemented
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Other 2. The U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretaries of Agriculture and State should each designate a representative to cooperate with Commerce's foreign subsidies librarian in establishing procedures to improve the flow of information on foreign subsidy practices to Commerce's library.
Closed - Implemented
Please call 202/512-6100 for information.
Department of State 3. The U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretaries of Agriculture and State should each designate a representative to cooperate with Commerce's foreign subsidies librarian in establishing procedures to improve the flow of information on foreign subsidy practices to Commerce's library.
Closed - Implemented
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Other 4. The U.S. Trade Representative should direct the section 305 coordinator to send a copy of all nonconfidential subsidy information collected pursuant to a request under section 305 of the 1974 Trade Act, as amended, to the Department of Commerce's foreign subsidies library.
Closed - Implemented
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Other 5. The U.S. Trade Representative should issue regulations governing section 305 of the 1974 Trade Act, as amended, including interpretation of the statutory phrase "the nature and extent of a specific trade policy or practice--with respect to particular merchandise" in section 305(a)(1).
Closed - Implemented
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Department of Commerce 6. The Secretary of Commerce should direct the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration to include the full text of section 305, "Requests for Information" (19 U.S.C. 2415), in the written material typically sent to potential petitioners under countervailing duty law. Inclusion of section 305 should be accompanied by the caveat that it is neither required nor recommended that potential petitioners seek subsidy-related information under section 305 and specifically that the statutory language, "petition--which is accompanied by information reasonably available to the petitioner supporting those allegations" (19 U.S.C. 1671a), does not mandate the use of section 305.
Closed - Implemented
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