International Affairs and Trade

Our Work

The United States has become increasingly involved in international issues that range from advancing and protecting U.S. political and economic interests to responding to global market forces and national and worldwide security threats. The International Affairs and Trade team helps Congress address these issues by evaluating economic, political, and security problems worldwide.

We analyze the effectiveness and management of U.S. foreign aid programs, evaluate the efficiency and accountability of the United Nations (UN) and related multilateral organizations, and assess the strategies used to manage U.S. foreign affairs functions and activities. We review how effective federal agencies are in achieving international security objectives, combating international terrorism, and preventing the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. We also evaluate how trade agreements and programs serve U.S. interests and assess how the United States can influence improvements in the world’s financial systems and counteract economic crises.

Our oversight work focuses primarily on the following:

    • Departments of State and Defense
    • U.S. Agency for International Development
    • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
    • Broadcasting Board of Governors
    • Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, the Treasury, and Homeland Security
    • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
    • World Bank
    • International Monetary Fund
    • United Nations