Accession Number:

ADA595650

Title:

Countering Overseas Threats: DOD and State Need to Address Gaps in Monitoring of Security Equipment Transferred to Lebanon

Descriptive Note:

Audit rept.

Corporate Author:

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2014-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

58.0

Abstract:

Since 2009, the United States has allocated 671 million in security-related assistance for Lebanon to train, modernize, and equip the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces. The U.S. government established end-use monitoring programs to ensure that defense equipment is safeguarded. The Foreign Assistance Act prohibits certain assistance to any unit of foreign security forces if the Secretary of State has credible information that such a unit has committed a gross violation of human rights. GAO was asked to examine U.S. security-related assistance for Lebanon. This report assesses the extent to which the U.S. government did the following 1 disbursed or committed funds allocated for Lebanese security forces in fiscal years 2009 through 2013, 2 implemented end-use monitoring for equipment transferred to Lebanese security forces, and 3 vetted Lebanese recipients of U.S. security-related training for human rights violations. To address these objectives, GAO reviewed laws and regulations, analyzed agency data, and interviewed officials in Washington, DC, and Beirut, Lebanon. GAO recommends that DoD ensure that U.S. officials use required checklists to confirm Lebanese facilities compliance with required safeguards, and that State maintain proper documentation of end-use checks and establish formal procedures to ensure that bureaus identify defense articles and any recommended physical security safeguards for storing them. DoD and State concurred.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE