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U.S. Assistance To Mexico: State and USAID Should Strengthen Risk Management for Programs under the Mérida Initiative

GAO-21-335
Mar 31, 2021
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7 Open Recommendations
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Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure that State-INL establishes a time frame for completing its fraud risk assessment for its programs under the Mérida Initiative. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure that State-INL develops, documents, and implements an antifraud strategy for State-INL programs under the Mérida Initiative that adheres to leading practices in GAO's <i>A Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs</i>. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure that State-INL updates its policies and guidance to require managers, employees, and stakeholders with responsibility for implementing and overseeing State programs under the Mérida Initiative to attend fraud awareness training upon hiring and then on a periodic basis. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure that Embassy Mexico City assesses and responds to the risk that Mexican non-security personnel in sensitive positions with security concerns are participating in U.S.-funded programs under the Mérida Initiative. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should ensure that the USAID Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean completes a fraud risk assessment for its program under the Mérida Initiative. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should ensure that the USAID Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean develops, documents, and implements an antifraud strategy for USAID's program under the Mérida Initiative. (Recommendation 6)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

West Bank and Gaza Aid: Should Funding Resume, Increased Oversight of Subawardee Compliance with USAID's Antiterrorism Policies and Procedures May Reduce Risks

GAO-21-332
Mar 29, 2021
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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should establish a process for verifying that prime awardees have procedures in place to comply with Mission Order 21 requirements before allowing prime awardees to make subawards, should funding for USAID's West Bank and Gaza program resume. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should conduct post-award compliance reviews of prime awardees and their subawards of ESF assistance for USAID's West Bank and Gaza program in time to identify noncompliance and take appropriate actions before the awards end, should funding for the program resume. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Venezuela: Additional Tracking Could Aid Treasury's Efforts to Mitigate Any Adverse Impacts U.S. Sanctions Might Have on Humanitarian Assistance

GAO-21-239
Feb 08, 2021
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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Treasury The Secretary of the Treasury should ensure that the Director of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control systematically tracks information on inquiries made to its compliance call center and email account, including the specific sanctions program and the subject matter of the inquiry, such as humanitarian assistance, to identify trends and recurrent issues. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Cyber Diplomacy: State Should Use Data and Evidence to Justify Its Proposal for a New Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies

GAO-21-266R
Jan 28, 2021
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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure that State uses data and evidence to justify its current proposal, or any new proposal, to establish the Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies to enable the bureau to effectively set priorities and allocate resources to achieve its goals.
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In comments on a draft of this report, the Department of State disagreed with our characterization of its use of data and evidence to develop its proposal for CSET but agreed that reviewing such information to evaluate program effectiveness can be useful. We will continue to monitor State's actions to address our recommendation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.
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