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House passes amendment to Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House approved an amendment to the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (H.R. 4800). According to a House Committee on Foreign Affairs press release, the amendment, introduced by Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), will “improve U.S. international food aid to help more people…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY15 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved (31-8) the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (H.R. 4800). 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 $198.126 million for…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY15 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations unanimously approved the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (S. 2389). 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 $185.126 million for…

GAO releases report on management of U.S. international emergency food aid procurement system

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “International Food Aid: Better Agency Collaboration Needed to Assess and Improve Emergency Food Aid Procurement System,” which examines the U.S. international emergency food aid procurement process. The report specifically reviews the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) and U.S. Agency for…

U.S. announces launch of Global Health Security Agenda

During an event held at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. government announced the launch of the Global Health Security Agenda, a partnership with 26 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) “to…

President Obama signs the “Agriculture Act of 2014” into law extending and reforming U.S. international food assistance programs

President Obama signed the “Agriculture Act of 2014” (H.R. 2642), commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill,” into law (Public Law #113-79). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK, 3rd), extends authorities through 2018 for, among other things, international food assistance programs including Food for Peace…

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…

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 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.