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House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2015 spending levels

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the spending levels, or 302(b) allocations, for fiscal year 2015. A 302(b) funding allocation is provided to each appropriations subcommittee and acts as a ceiling for allocating funds in the appropriation bill under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The 302(b) allocation for State and Foreign Operations, which…

Resolution commemorating and supporting the goals of World AIDS Day passed in Senate

The Senate passed a resolution (S. Res. 314) introduced by Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) supporting the goals and ideals of World AIDS Day, which takes place each year on December 1. The resolution “commends the dramatic progress in global AIDS programs supported through the efforts of PEPFAR [(The U.S. President’s…

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY15 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (April 8), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (April 8), House Committee on Foreign Affairs (April 9), and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations…

GAO releases report on USAID’s efforts to provide funding directly to local organizations

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Foreign Aid: USAID Has Increased Funding to Partner-Country Organizations but Could Better Track Progress.” The report examines the implementation of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Local Solutions initiative, a reform under USAID Forward that “aims to shift…

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.…

CBO releases cost estimate of “Electrify Africa Act of 2014”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). Introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th) and passed by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the legislation would aim to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan…

Senate passes resolution on Ebola outbreak

The Senate passed (by unanimous consent) a resolution (S.Res. 541) on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Among other things, the resolution states that the Senate “recognizes the severe immediate threat that Ebola poses to populations, governments, and economies in Africa; . . . encourages deepened United States and international…

“Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014″ introduced in Senate

Senators Christopher Coons (D-DE), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the “Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014” (S.2853). According to a press release from Senator Coons, the bill would, among other things, require the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) “to establish a strategy…