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An executive order called for a DOD-funded domestic loan program to help increase production of critical COVID-related items. Per the order, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation—an agency that manages international development investments—runs the program.
Through the U.S. Agency for Global Media, the U.S. funds international broadcasting networks—such as the Voice of America and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks—to bring unbiased news to countries where press freedom is restricted.
More than a quarter of the State Department's overseas buildings and other real properties are in poor condition by State's condition standards, including almost 400 buildings and other assets that State considers critical to its mission.
Global food security is an urgent problem, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Feed the Future, a U.S. government global food security initiative led by the U.S. Agency for International Development, aims to reduce global hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.
For overseas missions, Defense contractors rely on foreign workers for services like construction and security. Some workers have alleged labor abuses, like wage withholding, despite the government's zero-tolerance policy on forced labor and human trafficking.
In response to unfair trade practices, the U.S. imposed tariffs of up to 25% on imports from China. From July 2018-Dec. 2020 these imports amounted to $460 billion. U.S. firms affected by the tariffs could ask to be excluded from them. The Office of the U.S.