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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…

Administration releases “Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development”

The Administration released the “Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development” (PPD-6). PPD-6 was originally signed by the President on September 22, 2010, but was not released to the public until February 24, 2014 due to the Administration’s decision to cite executive privilege. According to a White House fact sheet released at…

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…

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…

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approves Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271) by unanimous consent. Originally introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), the bill would, among other things, establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs and would…

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act introduced in the Senate

Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271), which would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs. The bill would also codify and expand upon the foreign assistance information currently being provided through ForeignAssistance.gov.…

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act introduced in House

Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA, 11th) introduced the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (H.R. 2638), which would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs. The bill would also codify and expand upon the foreign assistance information currently being…

Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House

Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA, 11th) introduced the “Global Partnerships Act of 2013” (H.R. 1793). According to a press release from Representative Connolly, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system by, among other things, “restoring the U.S. Agency for International Development’s policy and budget functions and identifying eight concise goals for…

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…