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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the International Trade Commission's (ITC) administrative operations, focusing on: (1) the chairman's powers and administrative responsibilities, as defined by 1977 amendments to the ITC authorizing legislation; (2) administrative problems relating to the budget, personnel, organizational structure, and creation of an ITC Office of Inspector General; and (3) comparisons of ITC administration with other independent federal commissions.

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Recommendations

Matter for Congressional Consideration

Matter Status
Congress may wish to consider replacing the commission's current statutory administrative override authority with a requirement for commission approval of a chairman's appointment of senior personnel and of a chairman's creation, elimination, or movement of offices.
Closed - Not Implemented
Congress may wish to clarify statutory language that defines the budget and gives the chairman responsibility for the expenditure of appropriated funds within the broad guidelines approved by the commission in its budget request.
Closed - Not Implemented

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