President Obama has requested $53.8 billion for the International Affairs budget, which includes the majority of U.S. global health programs, for FY2010 (this total includes $51.7 billion for the Department of State and $2.1 billion in food assistance).
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H.Con.Res. 66 – Expressing the sense of Congress that the U.S. should provide, on an annual basis, an amount equal to at least 1% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) for nonmilitary foreign assistance programs
If passed this resolution would express the sense of Congress that the U.S. should annually commit 1% of GDP for nonmilitary foreign assistance programs.
- Information Type: House Bills
In a statement on the Senate floor, Senator Feingold praised the previous Administration’s efforts to address global health issues, but called on the current Administration to take a more â€œall-inclusive, integrated and sustainableâ€ approach.
President Obama appointed Mary Wakefield as the new administrator of HRSA an agency within the Health and Human Services Department that provides coordinating work and technical assistance to U.S. global health efforts.
The report by the Federal Tuberculosis Task Force provides â€œspecific action steps and new activities that will require additional funding and a renewed commitment by government and nongovernmental organizations involved in domestic and international TB control efforts to be implemented effectively.â€
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.
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).