The bill proposes “to strengthen the capacity, transparency, and accountability of United States foreign assistance programs to effectively adapt and respond to new challenges of the 21st century, and for other purposes.”
The bill focuses on the following areas:
- Policy and strategic planning: Creates the â€œBureau for Policy and Strategic Planningâ€ within USAID;
- Research, analysis and evaluation of development programs: Creates the â€œOffice for Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis in Development” within USAID and an independent â€œCouncil on Research and Evaluation of Foreign Assistanceâ€;
- Personnel and human resources: Requires a â€œComprehensive Workforce and Human Resources Strategy for the United States Agency for International Developmentâ€ and establishes the â€œWorkforce and Human Resources Task Forceâ€; and
- Coordination of development programs in the field: Establishes the USAID in-country mission director as the primary coordinator of all US development programs in that country.
Timeline of the bill:
- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on July 28, 2009.
- Reported favorably (14-3) out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on November 17, 2009.
- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the bill on January 20, 2010.
- A congressional report (No. 111-122) was submitted and the bill was placed on the Senate legislative calendar on February 2, 2010.