Yemen: DOD Should Improve Accuracy of Its Data on Congressional Clearance of Projects as It Reevaluates Counterterrorism Assistance
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula AQAP is one of the top U.S. national security threats. AQAP is based in Yemen, where political conflict, including a Houthi insurgency, has complicated stability. Since fiscal year 2006, DOD and State have allocated over 500 million to provide training and equipment to the Yemeni security forces to assist Yemen in combating AQAP. Such assistance has been provided through three main programs Section 1206 and Section 1207n, which have been used to build Yemeni capacity, and FMF, which has been used to maintain equipment provided to Yemen. A Senate report included a provision for GAO to review U.S. security assistance to Yemen. GAO examined 1 the disbursement of funds allocated to key security assistance programs for Yemen since fiscal year 2009, 2 the timeliness of Section 1206 and 1207n assistance, and 3 DOD plans for maintaining equipment provided to Yemen under Section 1206 and 1207n, including the use of FMF. GAO reviewed agency documents, analyzed DOD and State data, and met with U.S. officials based in Washington, D.C., and Sanaa, Yemen. GAO recommends that DOD take steps to improve the accuracy of data regarding Section 1206 congressional notification clearance. DOD concurred and noted steps it took in fiscal year 2013 to improve overall data collection, but did not discuss improving data on congressional notification clearance dates. GAO continues to maintain that DOD should take steps to improve the accuracy of its data on congressional notification clearance dates.
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