The Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis C. Blair, presented the “Annual Threat Assessment of the Intelligence Community” to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The assessment includes analysis of global health issues and potential threats posed to the U.S.
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The report “provides an overview of the U.S. foreign aid program, by answering frequently asked questions on the subject.”
The bill directs the Administrator of USAID to hire an additional 700 Foreign Services Officers (FSOs) within a year of enactment of the bill and an additional 1300 FSOs in the subsequent 2 years.
CRS Report – PEPFAR Reauthorization: Key Policy Debates and Changes to U.S. International HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Programs and Funding
“This report provides background on PEPFAR implementation and results” including: funding levels, key policy debates, and “key changes to programs and funding for U.S. international efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria programs as directed by the 110th Congress in the Lantos-Hyde Act as enacted.”
The White House designated Alonzo L. Fulgham, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Secretary (ES), as Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
H.R. 708 – To restrict assistance to foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortions
The bill would restrict U.S. foreign assistance funds from being appropriated to any organization (private, NGO, multilateral, etc.) that performs or promotes abortions except in the case where the motherâ€™s life is at threat or where the pregnancy was due to forcible rape or incest.
This report examines policy issues surrounding the U.S. debate on foreign assistance for family planning including the “Mexico City Policy” and funding for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA).
In her remarks, Secretary Clinton reiterates President Obamaâ€™s commitment to alleviate hunger, address food security issues, and work with other organizations to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
GAO Report – Developing Countries: The United States Has Not Fully Funded Its Share of Debt Relief, and the Impact of Debt Relief on Countries’ Poverty-Reducing Spending Is Unknown
The report provides an overview of debt relief to the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) and includes analysis on how the U.S. is financing debt relief efforts and how debt relief impacts the resources available to developing countries.
White House Rescinds “Mexico City Policy” Removing Restrictions on Funding for Family Planning Assistance
In a Presidential Memoranda, President Obama rescinded the “Mexico City Policy” that restricted the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from providing funds to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide â€œvoluntary population planningâ€ services. President Obama also announced his support for U.S. funding of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).