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What GAO Found The Departments of State and Commerce implement a range of economic and commercial diplomacy activities domestically and overseas, to promote U.S. commercial interests and support U.S. business efforts to enter or expand in foreign markets.
What GAO Found The overall proportion of racial or ethnic minorities in the Department of State’s (State) full-time, permanent, career workforce increased from 28 to 32 percent from fiscal year 2002 to fiscal year 2018. The direction of change for specific groups varied.
What GAO Found Federal agencies varied widely in their efforts to implement key information technology (IT) workforce planning activities that are critical to ensuring that agencies have the staff they need to support their missions.
What GAO Found The Department of State's (State) data show persistent Foreign Service vacancies at overseas posts since 2008. According to the data, 13 percent of overseas Foreign Service positions were vacant as of March 2018.
What GAO Found The U.S. government identified potential risks in providing democracy and governance assistance in Egypt, including the Egyptian government’s likely objection to the U.S. plan to use $65 million to directly fund nongovernmental organizations (NGO) in 2011.
What GAO Found Agency priority goal leaders GAO interviewed were generally highly-placed within their agencies—for example, several were heads of agencies—and reported a range of responsibilities related to managing agency priority goals (APG), such as laying out goal strategies.