Overseas Presence: Systematic Processes Needed to Rightsize Posts and Guide Embassy Construction

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Testimony issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "More than 60,000 Americans and foreign nationals work at about 260 diplomatic posts worldwide. Since the mid-1990s, GAO has highlighted the need for State and other federal agencies to establish a systematic process for determining their overseas staffing levels, particularly after the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. GAO was asked to discuss three reports, including two being issued today, on rightsizing--that is, realigning the number and location of staff--at U.S. embassies and consulates: (1) the rightsizing framework GAO developed last year, (2) follow-on work to ... continued below

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United States. General Accounting Office. April 7, 2003.

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Testimony issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "More than 60,000 Americans and foreign nationals work at about 260 diplomatic posts worldwide. Since the mid-1990s, GAO has highlighted the need for State and other federal agencies to establish a systematic process for determining their overseas staffing levels, particularly after the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. GAO was asked to discuss three reports, including two being issued today, on rightsizing--that is, realigning the number and location of staff--at U.S. embassies and consulates: (1) the rightsizing framework GAO developed last year, (2) follow-on work to further test the framework, and (3) the processes to project staffing levels for new embassy construction and the proposals to share construction costs among U.S. agencies."

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United States. General Accounting Office. Overseas Presence: Systematic Processes Needed to Rightsize Posts and Guide Embassy Construction, text, April 7, 2003; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc289624/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.