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GAO Testimony on USAID Acquisition and Assistance

In a hearing before the Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement (House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform), GAO staff provided testimony on the challenges facing the development of USAID’s strategic workforce plan for its Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) efforts. GAO stated that USAID “has shifted from conducting its own activities to managing acquisition and assistance (A&A) instruments – contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements – it awards to implementing organization” and that USAID staff are now “responsible for monitoring the activities of A&A recipients to provide reasonable assurance that the funds provided are used in accordance with applicable regulations and policies and sound business practices.” GAO found that “USAID lacks the capacity to develop and implement a strategic workforce plan because it is missing two elements: (1) sufficiently reliable and up-to-date data on its overseas A&A staff levels and (2) comprehensive information on the competencies of its overseas A&A staff.”

Read the full testimony titled “USAID Acquisition and Assistance: Challenges Remain in Developing and Implementing a Strategic Workforce Plan” here.

Read highlights of the testimony here.

Read the GAO report “USAID Acquisition and Assistance: Actions Needed to Develop and Implement a Strategic Workforce Plan” here.

Read additional testimony provided during the hearing here.

Learn more about USAID’s Acquisition and Assistance policies here.

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