Bipartisan Passage of Accountability Measures is Major Step Forward on Foreign Aid Reform
Washington, DC, July 21, 2011
The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved late last night two reform-focused amendments authored by Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX02) during the first day of the mark-up of the FY2012 Foreign Relations Authorization Act.
“I applaud the leadership of Congressman Poe in authoring these reform measures,” said David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “I also thank Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-CA) for their bipartisan support of the amendments. As we are mired in partisan politics in so many areas, it is heartening to see members from both parties working together.”
Beckmann added that the bipartisan passage of the Poe amendments creates positive momentum for greater congressional leadership on foreign assistance reform. “Both amendments are designed to complement and improve upon the best practices and reform efforts that are underway within the administration,” he said.
The two amendments, which focus on improving the accountability of U.S. foreign assistance programs through enhanced transparency and monitoring and evaluation, are a major step forward in strengthening the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. development efforts.
- The monitoring and evaluation amendment calls on the president to work with the leading development agencies to develop a clear and common set of guidelines to improve monitoring and evaluation programs for all U.S. foreign assistance programs.
- The transparency amendment essentially codifies and expands USAID’s new Foreign Assistance Dashboard Initiative by directing the president to establish a searchable website for the publication of critical program funding and performance data for all foreign assistance programs.
“We applaud both amendments and are committed to supporting such reform efforts during every step of the legislative process,” said Beckmann.
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