(Administration) 2010 announcement of the National Export Initiative. The
Administration has also shown interest in improving the efficiency of the federal support of trade operations. In 2004, the Office of
Manufacturing and Services (MAS)
was established within the
Department of Commerce's
(Commerce) International Trade
Administration (ITA) to enhance the global competitiveness of U.S.
GAO was asked to examine (1) MAS's goals and activities and how they compare with those of other government entities; (2) how MAS
prioritizes its activities and targets its resources; and (3) the extent to which MAS tracks and reports its efforts. GAO reviewed agency documents and interviewed officials from MAS, other parts of ITA and
Commerce, and other agencies.
GAO recommends that the Secretary of Commerce take actions, in concert with MAS, to finalize MAS's focusing of mission and priorities,
systematically monitor workload, and more systematically obtain and communicate information on the value MAS adds to the trade policy process. In its comments, Commerce"