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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

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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.

USAID Forward Progress Report

March 22, 2013 Comments off

USAID Forward Progress Report

Source: USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development)

Several years ago, USAID set the ambitious task of transforming itself as an agency. This large-scale reform agenda, USAID Forward, is an effort to strengthen the Agency by embracing new partnerships, investing in the catalytic role of innovation and demanding a relentless focus on results. Taken together, the reforms have formed the foundation of a new model for development; one that can represent the best of American ideals abroad, while advancing the security and prosperity of Americans at home.

On March 20, USAID released our first ever USAID Forward Progress Report highlighting the past year’s successes and challenges in reforming the Agency and delivering better, more sustainable results. Over the past two years, the reforms have touched upon every part of our work and set important, evidence-based targets for us to meet. USAID Forward hasn’t just changed the way we work; it’s changed the results we can deliver.

USAID: Statement on Peer Review of U.S. Global Development Efforts

August 1, 2011 Comments off

Statement on Peer Review of U.S. Global Development Efforts
Source: U.S. Agency for International Development (OECD)

Today the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the results of a year-long assessment of policies and programs across the U.S. government to promote international development, respond to humanitarian emergencies, and strengthen transitional and post-conflict nations. Each member of the DAC is reviewed by its peers every four years; as a DAC member, the United States both receives reviews and conducts them. We find the 2011 DAC review of the U.S. government’s global development efforts to be fair, objective and rigorous, and express our thanks to the DAC and peer reviewers from the European Union and Denmark for their comprehensive efforts.

We are gratified that the review concludes that the United States has made significant progress since the 2006 review in areas critical to efficient and cost-effective foreign assistance. The DAC highlights U.S. government leadership in such areas as promoting public-private partnerships, applying strict standards of measurement and evaluation, adopting clear policy guidance from senior leadership, meeting commitments to assistance flows to Africa and the poorest developing countries, and ensuring that the U.S. Agency for International Development is empowered to serve as a world-class development agency. It praises the United States as a generous and compassionate leader in assistance to humanitarian emergencies around the world. The DAC also cites the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s focus on country ownership, predictability in funding, and evidence-based results as a model of delivering assistance in line with established principles of aid effectiveness.

The DAC recognizes as “game changing documents” and “significant political achievements” both President Barack Obama’s Policy Directive on Global Development, and the State Department’s and USAID’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). These policies elevate development as a core pillar of civilian power, equal in status with diplomacy and defense. The review notes that the QDDR provides the roadmap to implement this strategic vision, and welcomes the measures now underway to achieve this outcome, including under the USAID Forward reform agenda.

+ The United States (2011), DAC Peer Review: Main Findings and Recommendations (OECD)

USAID from the American people: evaluation policy

June 10, 2011 Comments off

USAID from the American people: evaluation policy (PDF)
Source: U.S. Agency for International Development

Built on our agency’s rich tradition of evaluation, this policy sets out an ambitious recommitment to learn as we ―do,‖ updating our standards and practices to address contemporary needs. In an increasingly complex operating environment, the discipline of development demands a strong practice and use of evaluation as a crucial tool to inform our global development efforts, and to enable us to make hard choices based on the best available evidence.

This policy was developed in response to calls from within USAID. The development professionals who apply their best thinking to solve hard problems know that we can learn more systematically from our work, and that we can more rigorously and credibly document our programs’ effectiveness. I have been inspired to see the broad and active engagement throughout the organization in establishing high standards that reflect an enduring commitment to using well the resources entrusted to us.

I have great expectations for the work of USAID. I expect us to succeed in some of our efforts, and to fall short in others. I expect a strong evaluation function and feedback loop that enables us to be accountable in both cases, and to learn from each so that we can make continuous improvements. We can do this only with evidence and data to inform our decisions, and with unprecedented transparency about what we have learned and where.

That is why I am so excited to share this policy. In it you will find more demanding evaluation requirements, ensuring that the majority of our program resources are subject to evaluation. You’ll learn of our commitment to high methodological standards that are clear from the design stage, and that ensure to the extent possible that a different evaluator using the same methods would arrive at similar findings and conclusions. We will be unbiased, requiring that evaluation teams be led by outside experts and that no implementing partner be solely responsible for evaluating its own activities. We will be transparent, registering all evaluations and disclosing findings as widely as possible, with standard summaries available on the website in a searchable form. To support these new standards, we will reinvigorate our training, ability to access technical expertise, and investment in evaluation.

Importantly, it is our hope that you will find this policy in and of itself a basis for our own organizational learning. We will continue to improve and make adjustments as we implement so that we can incorporate new ideas and maintain its relevance for USAID.

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