Last updated on: 4/25/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

US Government Accountability Office (GAO) Biography

Position:
NC to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
Reasoning:

“For nearly five decades, the United States has maintained a comprehensive embargo on Cuba through various laws, regulations, and presidential proclamations regarding trade, travel, and financial transactions. The stated purpose of this embargo—the most comprehensive set of U.S. economic sanctions on any country—is to weaken the Castro regime by denying it hard currency. To achieve this goal, the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR)… generally prohibit all trade, travel, and financial transactions with Cuba or Cuban nationals by U.S. citizens, residents, foreign visitors, or foreign subsidiaries of U.S. firms. Trade with Cuba also is subject to U.S. export control laws and regulations.”

“Agencies Face Competing Priorities in Enforcing the U.S. Embargo on Cuba,” gao.gov, Nov. 30, 2007

Description:

“The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the ‘congressional watchdog,’ GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars…

Our work leads to laws and acts that improve government operations, saving the government and taxpayers billions of dollars.”

“About GAO,” gao.gov (accessed Mar. 25, 2013)

Mission:

“Our Mission is to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. We provide Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced.”

“About GAO,” gao.gov (accessed Mar. 25, 2013)

Other:
US government agency
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?