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Gangs and drug cartels commit much of the violence in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The guns they use are mostly from other countries, including the U.S.
While reducing violence in the region is a U.S.
Some criminal groups use a process called trade-based money laundering to hide their illicit funds. These schemes can include things like falsely describing goods and services in trade transactions.
Schemes can involve many types of illicit activity that cut across multiple federal agencies' roles.
We have issued 11 annual reports on federal programs with fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative goals or activities. In those reports, we suggested hundreds of ways to address those problems, reduce costs, or boost revenue. Our most recent report is from May 2021.
Managers at federal agencies can provide important insights into how well the government is operating. For more than 20 years, GAO has surveyed managers on issues related to the federal government's management and performance.
In enforcing regulations, federal agencies use fines to punish willful violators and to deter future violations. However, if these fines aren't regularly adjusted for inflation, they may become less effective as a deterrent.