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The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Policy Tracker provides a single reference point for the latest information on Congressional and Administrative action on global health, including the status of key legislation, policies and programs, government reports, hearings, events, and other resources. Links to supporting materials, such as full bill texts, Member statements, and Congressional committee information, are also provided. RSS feeds are available.  A related Budget Tracker provides updated information throughout the budget and appropriations process.

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White House releases fact sheet on efforts to promote gender equality

The White House released a fact sheet titled “The Obama Administration’s Comprehensive Efforts to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Worldwide.” Among other things, the fact sheet summarizes the Administration’s efforts to address gender-based violence (GBV) and to promote gender equality through its global health and food security programs.

Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act passed by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act of 2013” (S. 657). Originally introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the bill aims to “eliminate conditions in foreign prisons and other detention facilities that do not meet primary indicators of health, sanitation, and safety,” and authorizes,…

GAO releases report on PEPFAR per-patient costs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Per-Patient Costs Have Declined Substantially, but Better Cost Data Would Help Efforts to Expand Treatment,” which examines “(1) how per-patient treatment costs have changed and affected program implementation, (2) how PEPFAR cost information supports efforts to…

White House releases FY 2014 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2014 budget request, which included funding for U.S. global health activities.  Overall, funding for global health programs (at USAID and the State Department combined) increased in the FY 2014 request as compared to FY12 actual and FY13 estimated levels. This varied by specific global…

President signs full-year Continuing Resolution for FY13 into law

President Obama signed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013” (H.R. 933) into law providing funding for the government for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The legislation, as passed by the House and Senate, specifies funding levels for some, but not all, global health programs at the State Department and United States…

House & Senate pass full-year Continuing Resolution for FY13

The House and Senate passed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013” (H.R. 933) providing funding for the government for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The legislation specifies funding levels for some, but not all, global health programs at the State Department and United States Agency for…

Prize Fund for HIV/AIDS Act introduced in Senate

Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Prize Fund for HIV/AIDS Act (S. 626). Among other things, the bill would establish a “Prize Fund for HIV/AIDS” aimed at incentivizing research and development of new medicines for HIV/AIDS.

Medical Innovation Prize Fund Act introduced in the Senate

Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) introduced the “Medical Innovation Prize Fund Act” (S. 627). Among other things, the bill would establish a “Medical Innovation Prize Fund” aimed at incentivizing research and development of new medicines and would require a percentage of the prize fund be dedicated to global neglected diseases, orphan diseases,…

OMB releases updated sequestration report; estimates 5.0% decrease in global health funding

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the “OMB Report To The Congress On The Joint Committee Sequestration For Fiscal Year 2013” (.pdf) detailing the budgetary impacts of sequestration as mandated in the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (P.L. 112-25). According to the report, estimated reductions are…

GAO releases report on USDA’s food assistance procurement process

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Briefing on U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Assistance Procurement Process,” which “(1) describes USDA’s organization and management structure for food assistance procurement, and (2) assesses whether there is overlap and duplication in USDA’s organization and management structure for food assistance procurement.”