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Financial Audit: Fiscal Years 2016 and 2015 Consolidated Financial Statements of the U.S. Government
GAO-17-283R: Published: Jan 12, 2017. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2017.
To operate as effectively and efficiently as possible, Congress, the administration, and federal managers must have ready access to reliable and complete financial and performance information—both for individual federal entities and for the federal government as a whole. GAO’s report on the U.S. government’s consolidated financial statements for fiscal years 2016 and 2015 underscores that mu...
Foreign Assistance: Actions Needed to Improve Transparency and Quality of Data on ForeignAssistance.gov
GAO-16-768: Published: Aug 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2016.
Since 2013, the Department of State (State) has collected and published quarterly data on ForeignAssistance.gov from 10 agencies that provide the majority of U.S. foreign assistance and more recently has initiated a process to prepare the12 remaining agencies to collect and report data. The 2012 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Bulletin No. 12-01 outlined requirements for collecting and publi...
Foreign Assistance: Briefing on U.S. International Water-Related Assistance
GAO-14-683R: Published: Jul 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2014.
In summary, GAO found the following regarding U.S. agency funding, roles, staffing, and coordination related to international water-related assistance:Funding. U.S. agencies reported providing billions of dollars in international water-related assistance in fiscal years 2009 through 2013. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) reported prov...
Climate Change: State Should Further Improve Its Reporting on Financial Support to Developing Countries to Meet Future Requirements and Guidelines
GAO-13-829: Published: Sep 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2013.
To implement the United States' fast-start finance (FSF) commitment, the Department of State (State) reported that the United States contributed $7.5 billion in fiscal years 2010 through 2012 for a variety of activities related to climate change. State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) provided $2.5 billion for activities under th...
Actions to Enforce the Iran Sanctions Act and Implement Contractor Certification Requirement
GAO-12-316R: Published: Jan 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 2012.
Since the fall of 2010, State has sanctioned 13 foreign firms under the ISA2 for investments in Irans energy sector and 11 for supplying refined petroleum products.State imposed various sanctions on each firm, listed 10 in EPLS making them ineligible to receive U.S. government contracts, and was in the process of listing the remaining 3 firms in EPLS at the time of this report. To enfo...
Inspectors General: Reporting on Independence, Effectiveness, and Expertise
GAO-11-770: Published: Sep 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2011.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) required GAO to report on the relative independence, effectiveness, and expertise of the inspectors general (IG) established by the IG Act of 1978, as amended (IG Act), including IGs appointed by the President with Senate confirmation and those appointed by their agency heads in designated federal entities (DFE). GAO wa...
Confirmation of Political Appointees: Eliciting Nominees' Views on Management Challenges within Agencies and across Government
GAO-09-194: Published: Nov 17, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2008.
While some progress has been made in recent years, agencies urgently need to strengthen basic management capabilities to successfully address current and emerging demands. The incoming administration will face challenges in implementing its policy and program agendas because of shortcomings in agencies' management capabilities. Building and developing the institutional capacity to meet these chall...
Export Promotion: Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee's Role Remains Limited
GAO-06-660T: Published: Apr 26, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2006.
In 1992, Congress established the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC) to provide a unifying interagency framework to coordinate U.S. export promotion activities and to develop a governmentwide strategic plan. TPCC member agencies' activities include providing training, market information, advocacy, trade finance and other services to U.S. companies, especially small- and medium-sized bus...
Globalization: Numerous Federal Activities Complement U.S. Business's Global Corporate Social Responsibility Efforts
GAO-05-744: Published: Aug 8, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2005.
The trend toward globalization has intensified the debate about the proper role of business and government in global "corporate social responsibility" (CSR),which involves business efforts to address the social and environmental concerns associated with business operations. The growth in global trade and the dramatic increase in foreign direct investment in developing countries raise questions reg...
Freshwater Programs: Federal Agencies' Funding in the United States and Abroad
GAO-05-253: Published: Mar 11, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2005.
As the world's population tripled during the past century, demand for the finite amount of freshwater resources increased six-fold, straining these resources for many countries, including the United States. The United Nations estimates that, worldwide, more than 1 billion people live without access to clean drinking water and over 2.4 billion people lack the basic sanitation needed for human healt...