Combatting Terrorism: State Department Can Improve Management of East Africa Program
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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Terrorism in East Africa has remained a concern of the United States since 1998, when al Qaeda bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. As part of its efforts to address this threat, State launched PREACT in 2009 as a program for long-term engagement and capacity building in East Africa. PREACTwhich focuses on countering terrorist threats, including al Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate based in Somaliais managed by States Bureau of African Affairs and provides assistance in a region composed of 12 partner countries.GAO was asked to examine PREACT, including 1 the role it plays in U.S. counterterrorism assistance to East Africa, 2 the extent to which funds allocated for PREACT since 2009 have been disbursed, and 3 the extent to which State considers key factors in managing PREACT. GAO reviewed agency documents and interviewed U.S. officials in Washington, D.C., and in Germany, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Uganda.
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