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Research suggests that in countries where women participate in the labor force, economies enjoy greater growth than in similar countries where participation is restricted. U.S. trade preference programs aim to foster growth in about 130 developing countries.
The Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River waterway supports multiple users in the U.S. and Canada that live, visit, or conduct business in the region. Representatives of both countries serve on a commission that implements Plan 2014, which governs water releases from the lake into the river.
During 2018, we made a combined 51 recommendations to the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Of the 36 recommendations made to State, 11 had not been followed as of April 2020.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to the recommendations where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
In response to an Executive Order, the State Department launched an initiative to streamline its programs and processes in 2017 and reported specific reform projects to Congress in 2018.
We found that State is implementing most of these projects.
Trade agreements are a key component of the U.S. government's efforts to boost exports. The vast majority of U.S. exports are covered by at least one trade agreement, and several federal agencies work to monitor and enforce these agreements.
Is the federal government monitoring its foreign aid funds?
The United States plans to spend more than $34 billion on foreign assistance in 2017 to improve health, support democracy, and achieve other U.S. foreign policy goals.