ERIC Number: ED462585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep-21
Export Promotion: Government Agencies Should Combine Small Business Export Training Programs. Report to Congressional Committees.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) evaluated the coordination of the export training offered to small businesses by the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Small Business Administration through the U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs). GAO staff visited 10 of the 19 USEACs. The agencies' training organizers or presenters were interviewed, agency documents were reviewed, and minority and women participants in the training programs were identified and interviewed along with some program participants identified by the USEACs. The Department of Commerce did not coordinate closely with the SBA when introducing its export-training program. As a result, Commerce and the SBA provided separate and duplicative training programs for potential business exporters, although the Commerce program is aimed at serving minority- and women-owned firms. Three of the 10 USEACs had combined both programs into a single export program. Evaluation of the various programs was impeded by the fact that neither Commerce nor the SBA systematically collected outcome data for their export training programs. The GAO recommended that the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee eliminate duplication of export training services by determining the best way to combine the SBA and Commerce export-training programs delivered by USEACs. (Comments from the Department of Commerce are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Coordination, Employed Women, Exports, Government School Relationship, Minority Groups, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Public Agencies, Public Policy, Small Businesses, Training
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.