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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.”

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…

GAO releases report on USAID and USDA nonemergency food aid programs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “U.S. Nonemergency Food Aid Programs Have Similar Objectives but Some Planning Helps Limit Overlap,” which examines the extent to which the nonemergency food aid programs implemented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) pursue similar objectives.

GAO releases report on USAID's ability to target international food assistance to vulnerable populations

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “International Food Assistance: Improved Targeting Would Help Enable USAID to Reach Vulnerable Groups,” which “(1) describe[s] in-country factors that USAID and its implementing partners face in targeting vulnerable groups, and (2) examine[s] the extent to which USAID’s targeting process supports effective targeting.”

Based on its analysis, the GAO recommended “that the Administrator of USAID improve USAID’s targeting of specialized food products to vulnerable groups by (1) issuing, as appropriate, improved interim guidance to assist implementing partners in deciding whether and how to target specialized food products; and (2) establishing and reporting program-specific indicators related to targeted vulnerable groups, to assess effectiveness in reaching such groups.”

GAO releases report on World Food Program's ability to deliver and monitor food assistance in high-risk areas

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “World Food Program: Stronger Controls Needed in High-Risk Areas” examining the World Food Program’s (WFP) capabilities related to the delivery and monitoring of food assistance particularly in high-risk areas.

GAO releases report on drug quality in global health programs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Ensuring Drug Quality in Global Health Programs”, which “examined (1) the regulatory and policy requirements intended to ensure the quality of drugs procured with U.S. aid funds and (2) the systems in place to monitor drug quality in supply chains used by programs receiving U.S. foreign aid funds.” The GAO did not make any recommendations in this report.

GAO releases report on WHO reform agenda

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “World Health Organization: Reform Agenda Developed, but U.S. Actions to Monitor Progress Could be Enhanced,” which “examines (1) the steps WHO has taken to develop and implement a reform agenda that aligns with the challenges identified by stakeholders and (2) the input the United States has provided to WHO reforms.”  

Based on its analysis, the GAO recommended “that the Secretary of State enhance State’s guidance on completing its assessment tool for monitoring WHO’s progress in implementing transparency and accountability reforms.”

GAO releases report on PEPFAR evaluation activities

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Agencies Can Enhance Evaluation Quality, Planning, and Dissemination,” which details its review of “PEPFAR evaluation activities, . . . the extent to which evaluation findings, conclusions, and recommendations were supported, and . . . the extent to which PEPFAR policies and procedures adhere to established general evaluation principles.”

Based on its analysis, the GAO recommended “that State work with CDC and USAID to (1) improve adherence to common evaluation standards, (2) develop PEPFAR evaluation plans, (3) provide guidance for assessing and documenting evaluators’ independence and qualifications, and (4) increase online accessibility of evaluation results.”

GAO releases report titled “Farm Bill: Issues to Consider for Reauthorization”, includes section on U.S. Global Food Security Strategy and International Food Assistance Programs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Farm Bill: Issues to Consider for Reauthorization” and included, among other things, specific issues to consider regarding mitigating risk in implementing the USG’s government-wide Global Food Security Strategy and concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. international food assistance programs.

GAO releases report on PEPFAR program planning and reporting

In a report titled “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Program Planning and Reporting”, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), in response to legislative directives, “(1) described key procedures for planning and reporting on PEPFAR performance and (2) examined published PEPFAR performance plans and reports.”