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“Global Food Security Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN, 4th) and Aaron Schock (R-IL, 18th) introduced the “Global Food Security Act of 2013” (H.R. 2822). According to press releases from both Representative McCollum and Representative Schock, the “Global Food Security Act: Directs the President to develop a multi-agency strategy for global food and nutrition. Creates…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY14 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014” (S. 1244) by a vote of 23-6. The approved bill includes $1.466 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY14 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014” (H.R. 2410) by a voice vote. The approved bill includes $1.150 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $180…

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…

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY14 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (April 25), House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (April 24), and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (April 24). During testimony before both Committees, Administrator Shah summarized the FY 2014 budget request including…

21st Century Global Health Technology Act introduced in House

Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ, 8th) introduced the “21st Century Global Health Technology Act” (H.R. 1515), which would, among other things, recognize and codify existing research and development efforts at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by authorizing a health technology program aimed at developing technologies to “improve the health…

White House releases FY 2014 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2014 budget request, which included funding for U.S. global health activities.  Overall, funding for global health programs (at USAID and the State Department combined) increased in the FY 2014 request as compared to FY12 actual and FY13 estimated levels. This varied by specific global…

GAO releases report on USDA’s food assistance procurement process

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Briefing on U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Assistance Procurement Process,” which “(1) describes USDA’s organization and management structure for food assistance procurement, and (2) assesses whether there is overlap and duplication in USDA’s organization and management structure for food assistance procurement.”

President Obama discusses U.S. global health efforts in State of the Union Address

During his State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined U.S. efforts to address global poverty over the next two decades by, among other things, “empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve, and helping communities to feed, and power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s…