ERIC Number: ED193921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul-2
Reference Count: 0
Federally-Financed Research and Communication on Soviet Affairs: Capabilities and Needs. Report to the Congress by the Comptroller General of the United States.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
A survey was conducted of government agencies in order to examine the capacity of the U. S. Government to produce or obtain by contract the research needed to manage relations with the Soviet Union. Four foreign affairs agencies foresee increasing difficulties through the 1980s in recruiting the desired calibre of Soviet language and research talent. Two also report narrow but notable shortages of research capability in certain exotic languages. All 13 government agencies queried, however, say they can generally get the research they consider necessary to manage relations with the Soviet Union. Disparate perceptions of current and prospective needs in foreign affairs research point up the importance of developing more systematic assessments of both supply and demand. Possible approaches to adequate assessment are outlined. (GAO/JB)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Federal Government, Language Proficiency, Needs Assessment, Personnel Needs, Public Agencies, Research, Russian, Uncommonly Taught Languages
General Accounting Office, Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20760 (No. ID-80-48, free)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Espionage; USSR