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CRS releases report on FY2013 State and Foreign Operations appropriations

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “[t]his report analyzes the FY2013 request and congressional action related to FY2013 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”

Concurrent Resolution supporting international cooperation to combat HIV/AIDS introduced in House

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA, 9th) introduced a concurrent resolution (H.Con.Res. 131) in the House “expressing support for continued international cooperation to combat HIV/AIDS.” Among other things, the resolution states that Congress “urges continued United States leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS; and calls upon nations to develop and implement effective AIDS strategies [and]. . . provide adequate resources that are targeted appropriately to address the epidemic.”

CBO releases cost estimate of "Donald M. Payne International Food Assistance Improvement Act of 2012"

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Donald M. Payne International Food Assistance Improvement Act of 2012” (H.R. 4141). The CBO “estimates that implementing H.R. 4141 would cost $1 million over the 2013-2017 period, assuming the availability of appropriated funds.”

CRS releases report on U.S. response to global threat of HIV/AIDS

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “U.S. Response to the Global Threat of HIV/AIDS: Basic Facts.” According to the summary, “[t]his report outlines basic facts related to global HIV/AIDS, including characteristics of the epidemic and U.S. legislation, programs, funding, and partnerships related to global HIV/AIDS. It concludes with a brief description of some of the major issues that might be considered by the 112th Congress in its response to the disease.”

White House releases "U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa"

The White House released the “U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa” outlining the specific objectives, including global health and food security objectives, the U.S. government will pursue in the region.

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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.”

CRS releases report on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria: Issues for Congress and U.S. Contributions from FY2001 to FY2013.” According to the summary, “[t]his report provides background information on the Global Fund, outlines U.S. funding for the Fund, discusses changes the Global Fund has made to improve the efficiency of its programs and address allegations of corruption, and analyzes issues Congress might consider as it debates the appropriate level of U.S support to provide the Fund.”

House Appropriations Committee releases FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations released the FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which included funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of funding for the Global Health Initiative (total funding for the GHI is not currently available as some funding provided through USAID, HHS, and DoD are not yet available). Funding through the appropriations bill for the GHI at USAID and State would be $164 million (2%) greater than the President’s request.

With the exception of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) funding, and funding for PEPFAR at the State Department, the bill did not delineate specific amounts for other programmatic areas (e.g. TB, malaria, etc.).

The bill also included the following policy provisions:

  • Reinstates the Mexico City Policy (also known as the “Global Gag Rule”)
  • Prohibits funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • No funding provided for needle exchange programs (according to a press release accompanying the bill)

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FY12 Estimated (millions)

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FY13 House Bill 

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Total GHI (known amounts)**






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*Represents combined PEPFAR funding (HIV bilateral and Global Fund) at the State Department.
**Total funding for the GHI is not currently available as some funding provided through USAID, HHS, and DoD are not yet available.
***The House FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations bill states that “Of the funds appropriated by this Act, not more than $461,000,000 may be made available for family planning/reproductive health.” FY 2012 FP/RH funding was enacted at “not less than” $610 million; according to (accessed 5/16/12), the Administration has planned to provide $661 million for FP/RH in FY 2012.

House Committee on Foreign Affairs passes International Food Assistance Improvement Act of 2012

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved by Unanimous Consent the “International Food Assistance Improvement Act of 2012” (H.R. 4141). Among other things, the proposed bill, which was originally introduced by Representative Donald Payne (D-NJ, 10th), amends the Food for Peace Act and directs the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator “to improve the nutritional quality of United States food assistance, particularly for vulnerable groups such as pregnant and lactating mothers, children under the age of five, with a focus on the cost-effective 1,000 days between pregnancy and age 2, when appropriate, and beneficiaries under the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief in Africa (PEPFAR).”