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Public Financial Management: Improvements Needed in USAID's and Treasury's Monitoring and Evaluation Efforts
GAO-12-920: Published: Sep 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2012.
To develop programs to strengthen developing countries Public Financial Management (PFM) systems, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) rely on assessments of the host country governments systems. In 2011, USAID implemented new processes that place a greater emphasis on PFM in its development efforts as the agency aims...
Iraq and Afghanistan: Agencies Are Taking Steps to Improve Data on Contracting but Need to Standardize Reporting
GAO-12-977R: Published: Sep 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2012.
Although SPOT was designated as the common database for the statutorily required information on contracts, assistance instruments, and related personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials from DOD, State, and USAID generally relied on other data sources they regarded as more reliable to prepare the 2011 joint report. For example, only State relied directly on SPOT for contractor and assistance per...
Iraq and Afghanistan: State and DOD Should Ensure Interagency Acquisitions Are Effectively Managed and Comply with Fiscal Law
GAO-12-750: Published: Aug 2, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2012.
To help the Department of State (State) meet its requirements for critical goods and services in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Defense (DOD) supported State on 22 acquisitions. On State's behalf, DOD awarded and manages 20 acquisitions, known as assisted interagency acquisitions, under the authority of the Economy Act with an estimated value of almost $1 billion for basic support goods a...
Overseas Rightsizing: State Has Improved the Consistency of Its Approach, but Does Not Follow Up on Its Recommendations
GAO-12-799: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
The Department of State (State) has improved the consistency of its rightsizing approach across overseas posts. However, differences between future staffing levels it projects are appropriate to meet mission needs and actual staffing levels still exist due to unanticipated events and other factors. GAO reported in 2006 that States Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation (M/PR...
United Nations Renovations: Best Practices Could Enhance Future Cost Estimates
GAO-12-795: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
The Capital Master Plan (CMP) has made progress, but may not deliver the projects original scope, faces risks meeting its scheduled completion date, and is projected to be about $430 million over budget as of February 2012. Regarding the projects scope, the CMP office may not renovate the Library and South Annextwo of the five buildings in its original scopedue to the lack...
Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule: SEC's Actions and Stakeholder-Developed Initiatives
GAO-12-763: Published: Jul 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2012.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken some steps toward developing a conflict minerals disclosure rule, but it has not issued a final rule. For example, SEC published a proposed rule in December 2010 and has gathered and reviewed extensive input from external stakeholders through comment letters and meetings. SEC has also announced, on several occasions, new target dates for the p...
President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Agencies Can Enhance Evaluation Quality, Planning, and Dissemination
GAO-12-673: Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.
The Department of States (State) Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have evaluated a wide variety of Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program activities, demonstrating a clear commitment to...
Proliferation Security Initiative: Agencies Have Adopted Policies and Procedures but Steps Needed to Meet Reporting Requirement and to Measure Results
GAO-12-441: Published: Mar 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2012.
U.S. agencies have adopted interagency guidance documents that establish PSI policies and procedures and have submitted annual reports; however, these reports do not contain expenditure data for all agencies as required by law. The agencies produced documents that contain general PSI policies and procedures. In addition, DOD and the Department of Homeland Securitys Customs and Border Protect...
Compact of Free Association: Proposed U.S. Assistance to Palau for Fiscal Years 2011- 2024
GAO-12-249T: Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
The Compact of Free Association between the United States and the Republic of Palau, which entered into force in 1994, provided for several types of assistance aimed at promoting Palau's self-sufficiency and economic advancement. Included were 15 years of direct assistance to the Palau government; contributions to a trust fund meant to provide Palau $15 million each year in fiscal years 2010 throu...
Review of U.S. Response to the Honduran Political Crisis of 2009
GAO-12-9R: Published: Oct 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2011.
On June 28, 2009, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was detained by his country's military and flown to Costa Rica. Zelaya's removal from Honduras followed several months of political polarization within Honduras in response to a number of controversial actions taken by Zelaya, including efforts to hold a national poll on June 28, 2009. Zelaya's stated purpose for the poll was to ask Hondurans if t...