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GAO Report- International School Feeding: USDA’s Oversight of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program Needs Improvement

In this report, the GAO examined the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program (MGD) including “(1) USDA’s oversight of the MGD Program and (2) the extent to which USDA has addressed the program’s internal control weaknesses,” which were identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in 2006-2007.

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  • Access highlights from the report here. (PDF)
  • Access the full report here. (PDF)
GAO Report – International Food Assistance: Better Nutrition and Quality Control Can Further Improve U.S. Food Aid

In this report, the GAO assessed and provided recommendations on “U.S. efforts to (1) meet the nutritional needs of intended recipients and (2) maintain the quality of commodities throughout the food aid supply chain.”

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  • Learn more about the report here.
  • Access highlights from the report here. (PDF)
  • Access the full report here. (PDF)
GAO Testimony – “Foreign Operations: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight”

In testimony before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers, Managing Director of International Affairs and Trade at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) discussed “four cross-cutting areas of U.S. foreign policy as implemented by State & USAID: (1) investments in key partner nations, (2) building the capacity of U.S. agencies to advance foreign policy priorities, (3) contractor oversight and accountability, and (4) strategic planning and performance measurement.”

GAO Report – U.S. Water and Sanitation Aid: Millions of Beneficiaries Reported in Developing Countries, but Department of State Needs to Strengthen Strategic Approach

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted an analysis of efforts by the Department of State (State) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide water and sanitation assistance to developing countries based on requirements included in the Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005. Specifically, this GAO report “(1) describes USAID’s accomplishments; (2) describes USAID’s obligations of funds for water and sanitation assistance in fiscal years 2006-2009; (3) assesses the Department of State’s (State) development of a U.S. water and sanitation strategy; and (4) examines State’s designation of high-priority countries.” Based on this analysis, GAO provided two recommendations to enable the State Department to fulfill requirements outlined in the Water for the Poor Act: “(1) ensure that the strategy for U.S. water and sanitation assistance addresses all requirements, including goals and benchmarks, and (2) clearly identify, in its mandated reports, the basis for its designations of high-priority countries.”

GAO Report – President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Efforts to Align Programs with Partner Countries’ HIV/AIDS Strategies and Promote Partner Country Ownership

This U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, which is in response to a directive in the 2008 reauthorization of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), “(1) examines alignment of PEPFAR programs with partner countries’ HIV/AIDS strategies and (2) describes several challenges related to alignment or promotion of country ownership.” The GAO found that, while PEPFAR activities generally align with partner country HIV/AIDS activities, several challenges exist. Based on its findings, the GAO recommended – and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) concurred – “that the Secretary of State direct OGAC to develop and disseminate a methodology for establishing baseline measures of country ownership prior to implementing partnership frameworks.”

GAO Report – USAID Needs to Improve Its Strategic Planning to Address Current and Future Workforce Needs

In this report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) “examined (1) changes in USAID’s workforce and program funding since 2004, (2) the extent to which it has developed a strategic workforce plan, (3) the efforts it has taken to implement two key human capital initiatives, and (4) the challenges and constraints that affect its workforce planning and management” and recommended “that USAID take several actions to develop more comprehensive workforce plans and improve its workforce data.”

GAO announces new resource on disaster assistance

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced a new web-based resource compiling its work on the U.S. government’s domestic and international disaster assistance efforts. The GAO created the resource in response to U.S. government efforts to assist Haiti after the January 12, 2010 earthquake and highlights “the need to coordinate with host governments and local organizations, and establish monitoring procedures to ensure accountability.”

GAO Report – Global Food Security: U.S. Agencies Progressing on Governmentwide Strategy, but Approach Faces Several Vulnerabilities

For this report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) “examined (1) the types and funding of food security programs and activities of relevant U.S. government agencies; and (2) progress in developing an integrated U.S. governmentwide strategy to address global food insecurity as well as potential vulnerabilities of that strategy.”

Based on its analysis, the GAO provided two recommendations to the Secretary of State to improve U.S. global food security efforts: “(1) develop an operational definition of food security that is accepted by all U.S. agencies, establish a methodology for consistently reporting comprehensive data across agencies, and periodically inventory agencies’ food security-related programs and funding; and (2) collaborate with other agency heads to finalize a governmentwide strategy that delineates measures to mitigate the risks associated with the host country-led approach.”

GAO Testimony – Global Food Security: Progress toward a U.S. Governmentwide Strategy Is Under Way, but Approach Has Several Vulnerabilities

Representatives from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified on global food security before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. The testimony addressed “(1) the types and funding levels of food security programs and activities of relevant U.S. government agencies and (2) progress in developing an integrated U.S. governmentwide strategy to address global food insecurity and the strategy’s potential vulnerabilities,” and was based on a new GAO report that was released at the hearing.