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    The US Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism was given 60 recommendations to improve its Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program, but still has to carry out more than half of them, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, released on Wednesday, said.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The State Department's Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism was raised to bureau status in 2012, the report noted.

    The goal of the expansion was to improve the State Department’s ability “to counter violent extremism, build partner counterterrorism capacity, and improve coordination,” the report said.

    ”The Bureau reported having implemented about half of the recommendations (28 of 60) as of June 2015, but has not established time frames for addressing the remaining [32] recommendations.”

    The Bureau has not yet evaluated the CVE program even though it is listed as a “priority” initiative, the report noted.

    “[The Bureau] has also so far failed to evaluate its priority Countering Violent Extremism program “and has not established time frames for addressing recommendations from program evaluations,” the report said, noting that the GAO has evaluated the programs over the past four years.

    The US Government Accountability Office is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress and investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.

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