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Feed the Future Just Published a New Report – So What?

May 30, 2014 Comments off

Feed the Future Just Published a New Report – So What?
Source: USAID

We’ve never had data like this before for agriculture programs to really show what is happening as a result of what we’ve been doing. And we have a lot to show for it.

Last year we helped nearly 7 million farmers improve the way they work to adopt new and improved technologies and practices that help them grow more while using less land, water and other (often expensive) resources. We’ve also reached more than 12 million children with nutrition interventions designed to give them a healthy start to life so they have the same shot at being productive, happy adults as our children do. We’ve actually been able to replicate results similar to these for about two years now, so we’re really excited about taking them to scale now that we know our approach is working.

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New From the GAO

April 17, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Army Modular Force Structure: Annual Report Generally Met Requirements, but Challenges in Estimating Costs and Assessing Capability Remain. GAO-14-294, April 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-294
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662577.pdf

2. Foreign Aid: USAID Has Increased Funding to Partner-Country Organizations but Could Better Track Progress. GAO-14-355, April 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-355
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662597.pdf

3. Defense Contracting: DOD’s Use of Class Justifications for Sole-Source Contracts. GAO-14-427R, April 16.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-427R

FY 2014-2017 Department of State and USAID Strategic Plan

April 4, 2014 Comments off

FY 2014-2017 Department of State and USAID Strategic Plan
Source: U.S. Department of State

The Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014 to 2017 sets forth the Secretary of State’s direction and priorities for both organizations. The Strategic Plan presents how the Department and USAID will implement U.S. foreign policy and development assistance.

New From the GAO

March 13, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Report and Testimonies
Source: Government Accountability Office

Report

1. Financial Audit: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Funds’ 2013 and 2012 Financial Statements. GAO-14-303, March 13.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-303
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661692.pdf

Testimonies

1. Afghanistan: Key Oversight Issues for USAID Development Efforts, by Charles Michael Johnson, Jr., director, international affairs and trade, before the Subcommittee on National Security, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. GAO-14-448T, March 13.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-448T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661699.pdf

2. U.S. Postal Service: Action Needed to Address Unfunded Benefit Liabilities, by Frank Todisco, chief actuary, applied research and methods, before the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. GAO-14-398T, March 13.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-398T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661638.pdf

New From the GAO

September 17, 2013 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. DHS Recruiting and Hiring: DHS Is Generally Filling Mission-Critical Positions, but Could Better Track Costs of Coordinated Recruiting Efforts. GAO-13-742, September 17.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-742
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/657903.pdf

2. Global Food Security: USAID Is Improving Coordination but Needs to Require Systematic Assessments of Country-Level Risks. GAO-13-809, September 17.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-809
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/657912.pdf

Related Product

Global Food Security: USAID Is Improving Coordination but Needs to Require Systematic Assessments of Country-Level Risks (GAO-13-815SP, September 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-13-809. GAO-13-815SP, September 17.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-815SP

New From the GAO

June 25, 2013 Comments off

New GAO Reports and Testimony

Source: Government Accountability Office

Reports

1. Haiti Reconstruction: USAID Infrastructure Projects Have Had Mixed Results and Face Sustainability Challenges. GAO-13-558, June 18.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-558
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/655275.pdf

2. Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: Key Challenges to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises’ Pursuit of the Imposition of Trade Remedies. GAO-13-575, June 25.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-575
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/655494.pdf

3. Video Marketplace: Competition Is Evolving, and Government Reporting Should Be Reevaluated. GAO-13-576, June 25.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-576
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/655477.pdf

Testimony

1. National Preparedness: FEMA Has Made Progress, but Additional Steps Are Needed to Improve Grant Management and Assess Capabilities, by David C. Maurer, director, homeland security and justice, before the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. GAO-13-637T, June 25.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-637T
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/655393.pdf

President’s Malaria Initiative — Annual Report 2013

April 25, 2013 Comments off

President’s Malaria Initiative — Seventh Annual Report to Congress 2013 (PDF)

Source: USAID/CDC

The past decade has seen unprecedented progress in malaria control efforts in most sub-Saharan African countries. As countries have scaled up insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS), improved diagnostic tests and highly effective antimalarial drugs, mortality in children under five years of age has fallen dramatically. It is now clear that the cumulative efforts and funding by the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), national governments, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund), the World Bank and many other donors are working: The risk of malaria is declining. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) 2012 World Malaria Report, the estimated annual number of global malaria deaths has fallen by more than one-third – from about 985,000 in 2000 to about 660,000 in 2010.

The U.S. Government’s financial and technical contributions have played a major role in this remarkable progress. However, gaps in resources remain. If progress is to be sustained, committed efforts must continue. The theme for World Malaria Day 2013, and for the years leading up to the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals, is “Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.” To this end, PMI and partners continue to build on investments in malaria control and prevention and respond to challenges, such as antimalarial drug resistance, insecticide resistance and weak malaria case surveillance.

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