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“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by House

The House of Representative approved, by a voice vote, the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545), which had been passed by the Senate the preceding day (November 18, 2013).

Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the legislation extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). According to a press release from Senator Menendez, the bill includes the following provisions:

  1. Requires the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspectors General to coordinator on oversight and audit plans;
  2. Extends per-patient cost study reporting requirements;
  3. Extends the 33% cap on U.S. contributions to the Global Fund;
  4. Updates annual PEPFAR reporting requirements; and
  5. Extends funding requirements for the treatment of orphans and vulnerable children.

Additional Information:

  • Access a statement from Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah von Zinkernagel on passage of the bill here.
  • Learn more about the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” as originally introduced here and as passed by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations here.
  • Access the Senate Report (#113-112) accompanying the bill here.
  • Access the House companion bill (H.R. 3177) here.
  • Access a press release from Senator Menendez about passage of the bill by the Senate here.
  • Access a press release from Senator Corker about passage of the bill by the Senate here.