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Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act passed in the House

The House of Representatives passed the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012” (H.R. 3159) by a vote of 390-0. The bill, which was originally introduced by Representative Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs and would require the Administration…

President signs bill averting “fiscal cliff”

President Obama signed the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (H.R. 8; Public Law #112-240) averting scheduled increases in income tax rates and postponing, until March 1, 2013, the sequestration process as required by the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (Public Law #112-25). Among other things, the bill reduces the…

Senate Appropriations Committee releases legislation providing funding for remainder of FY13

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released proposed legislation to provide funding for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The proposed legislation would provide funding for global health programs at the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under a Continuing Resolution (CR). The proposed resolution calls for…

Senate Appropriations Committee holds hearing on sequestration, releases agency letters detailing impacts

The Senate Committee on Appropriations held a hearing (webcast available) titled “The Impacts of Sequestration” and released letters from U.S. government agencies detailing the impacts of sequestration including a letter (.pdf) from Secretary of State John Kerry, which states that global health funding would be cut by over “$400 million, gravely impeding our efforts to…

CRS releases report on efforts to evaluate U.S. foreign assistance

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Does Foreign Aid Work? Efforts to Evaluate U.S. Foreign Assistance.” According to the introduction, the report focuses on efforts by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and “discusses past efforts to improve…

Democratic members of the House Appropriations Committee release report on sequestration

The Democratic members of the House Appropriations Committee released a report summarizing the estimated impacts of sequestration as required by the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (Public Law #112-25), which is scheduled to begin on March 1, 2013. Among other things, the report estimates that sequestration “would force cuts to global…

CRS releases report titled “Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy”

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy.” According to the summary, the “report details legislation and policies that restrict or place requirements on U.S. funding of abortion or family planning activities abroad.”

GAO releases report on trends in U.S. and Chinese economic engagement with Africa

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled, “Sub-Saharan Africa: Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement,” which reviews how the U.S. and China are currently engaged with countries in sub-Saharan Africa and examines: “(1) goals and policies in sub-Saharan Africa; (2) trade, grants and loans, and investment activities…