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Recommendation: To improve the consistency, comprehensiveness, and transparency of information provided to Congress and policymakers on the federal investment in export promotion programs, the Secretary of Commerce, as chair of the TPCC, should report in its National Export Strategies on how resources are allocated by agency and aligned with priorities.
Agency: Department of Commerce Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: The Export Enhancement Act [15 U.S.C. Section 4727(c)] states that the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee's (TPCC) strategies should establish a set of priorities for federal export promotion activities and propose a unified federal trade promotion budget that supports the plan. In written comments on GAO's report, the Director of the TPCC Secretariat generally concurred with the recommendation on behalf of the Secretary. Nevertheless, the Director noted the TPCC's limited authority over budget reporting and resource allocations and gave examples of some challenges they faced, including shifts in the political and budgetary landscape and how different Administrations and Congresses have emphasized different priorities over time. In the four years following GAO's 2013 report, the TPCC did not report in its National Export Strategies (NES) on how resources are allocated by agency and aligned with the strategy's priorities. The TPCC did not issue strategies in fiscal years 2014, 2015, or 2017, but did issue one in 2016, however it did not include any budget information. In October 2018, TPCC Secretariat officials told us they were developing a new draft National Export Strategy, which would include budget information, but that any plans for issuance were unknown and would depend on administration priorities. As of January 2020, no new National Export Strategy had been issued. The TPCC Secretariat said that they have collected budget information for trade promotion activities for fiscal years 2019 (actual) and 2020 (requested) from TPCC agencies but that information had not been transmitted to Congress as of January 2020.