“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:
- 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;
- Extends per-patient cost study reporting requirements;
- Extends the 33% cap on U.S. contributions to the Global Fund;
- Updates annual PEPFAR reporting requirements; and
- Extends funding requirements for the treatment of orphans and vulnerable children.
- 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.