ABSTRACT

Antiterrorism Assistance: State Department Should Improve Data Collection and Participant Oversight, Report to the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 3MB]

"State's ATA [Antiterrorism Assistance] program aims to enhance foreign partners' capabilities to prevent acts of terrorism, address terrorism incidents when they do occur, and apprehend and prosecute those involved in such acts. In fiscal years 2012 through 2016, State allocated about $715 million to the ATA program, which it reports to have used to train about 56,000 security force officials from more than 34 partner nations. At least 2,700 of those participants were trained at facilities in the United States. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review ATA program management. This report examines, among other objectives, (1) State's ability to oversee ATA participants trained in the United States and (2) the steps State has taken to ensure that facilities used for domestic ATA training align with applicable security requirements. GAO conducted fieldwork at two domestic training facilities selected because they provide tactical training; analyzed State and DHS data and documentation related to fiscal year 2012 through 2016 domestic training participants; and interviewed State and DHS officials, including those who oversee ATA training for three partner nations receiving significant ATA training. GAO also interviewed contractors who help implement the ATA program and analyzed related documents."

Report Number:
GAO-17-704
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Date:
2017-09
Copyright:
Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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