New Bill Will Ensure More Transparent and Effective U.S. Foreign Aid
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Washington, DC, October 13, 2011
Bread for the World congratulates Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) and 30 other co-sponsors from both parties for introducing the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 3159). The bill will ensure that U.S. foreign assistance programs will be more transparent, accountable, and effective.
“H.R. 3159 affirms the bipartisan consensus in Congress of the need to reform U.S. foreign aid, especially in these times of tight budgets,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Even if we only allocate less than 1 percent of the federal budget to foreign aid, we have to make sure we use these dollars effectively to enable poor people in developing countries to lift themselves from hunger and poverty.”
The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 calls for making information on U.S. foreign assistance more accessible to the public. It will expand the administration’s Foreign Assistance Dashboard initiative to include reporting from each agency engaged in overseas development. It also requires that these agencies produce and make available measurable goals and clear strategies for foreign assistance programs.
The bill will make it easier for American taxpayers to access information on where foreign assistance is going and how it is impacting economic growth, lifting people out of poverty, and eradicating disease. Increased transparency of foreign aid will also give Congress the ability to exercise more effective oversight of these programs.
More transparency will give developing country partners access to timely information to guide their work. This is critical, given that the Obama administration and Republicans and Democrats in Congress have called for recipient countries to take more ownership of, and responsibility for, their own development.
Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), is among the 30 co-sponsors of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012. Rep. Poe, a member of the HFAC, has been one of the strongest proponents for transparency and accountability of U.S. foreign aid.
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Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118