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“Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR, 3rd) and Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) introduced the “Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013” (H.R. 2901), which aims “to strengthen implementation of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-121).” Among other things, the bill would establish…

GAO releases report on Feed the Future Initiative

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Global Food Security: USAID Is Improving Coordination but Needs to Require Systematic Assessments of Country-Level Risks” that examines efforts by the U.S. Agency for International Development  (USAID) to address global food security issues through the Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative.…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” introduced in Senate

Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). According to a press release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the proposed legislation extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the following provisions:…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” introduced in House

Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th), Barbara Lee (D-CA, 13th), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 27th) introduced the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (H.R. 3177). According to a press release from Representative Lee, the bill extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS…

CBO releases cost estimate of “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013″

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271). Introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and passed by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the bill would, among other things, establish guidelines for the…

President Obama signs the “Agriculture Act of 2014” into law extending and reforming U.S. international food assistance programs

President Obama signed the “Agriculture Act of 2014” (H.R. 2642), commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill,” into law (Public Law #113-79). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK, 3rd), extends authorities through 2018 for, among other things, international food assistance programs including Food for Peace…

Resolution supporting World Polio Day passed in Senate

The United States Senate unanimously approved a resolution (S. Res. 207), originally introduced by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), “[s]upporting the goals and ideals of World Polio Day and commending the international community and others for their efforts to prevent and eradicate polio.” Among other things, the resolution states that the U.S.…

House Committee on Foreign Affairs approves Electrify Africa Act of 2014

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed by voice vote the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), aims to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support, among other…

USAID releases 2013 Health-Related Research Report to Congress

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released its 2013 research-related report to Congress. Titled “Health-Related Research and Development Progress Report: An Update of the 2011-2015 Health Research Strategy,” the report “provides an update, broken down by health area, on the agency’s work under its multi-year strategy for health-related research…

GAO releases report on prepositioning of U.S. international food aid

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “International Food Aid: Prepositioning Speeds Delivery of Emergency Aid, but Additional Monitoring of Time Frames and Costs Is Needed,” which examines the effect of prepositioning U.S. international food aid in areas with historically high need on delivery time and costs.…