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Las pandillas y los cárteles de droga cometen gran parte de la violencia en Belice, El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras. Las armas de fuego que usan son en su mayoría de otros países, incluido EE. UU.
Para la versión de esta página en español, ver a GAO-22-105509.
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.
In 2018, the President imposed tariffs on many steel and aluminum imports, and told the Department of Commerce to allow companies to request relief from paying these tariffs in certain circumstances.
In 2020, Commerce made changes to its procedures for deciding such "tariff exclusion requests.
Increased globalization and recent economic and financial crises have heightened concerns that U.S. businesses may be at a disadvantage in foreign markets. The departments of State and Commerce play key roles in the U.S. government's efforts to support U.S. businesses abroad.
With U.S. crude oil production nearly doubling from 2009 to 2015, Congress repealed the crude oil export ban in December 2015—allowing the free export of U.S. crude oil worldwide.
We found that repealing the ban was associated with:
Expanding the market for U.S.
Over 1.2 million foreign students studied—with many contributing to important research—at U.S. universities in 2018. But there is a risk they may “export” sensitive knowledge that they gain to their home countries.
The State Department has expressed a commitment to building a workforce that reflects the diverse composition of the United States.
Though State's workforce has grown more diverse, racial or ethnic minorities are still underrepresented, particularly in the senior ranks.
When foreign countries engage in activities that threaten U.S. interests, the U.S. government can impose economic sanctions. For example, the United States may prohibit certain exports or freeze a foreign entity’s U.S. assets to try to stop weapons proliferation or human rights abuses.