OTG joins call in support for the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act
OTG has joined over 40 organizations in support
of the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015” (S. 2184), sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin.
of support was organized on behalf of both the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, and InterAction. It highlights the need for U.S. foreign assistance budgets and programs to be transparent and based on rigorous evidence and learning in order to ensure the effectiveness of every dollar spent.
Specifically, the proposed legislation would: 1) require the President of the United States to establish and implement uniform monitoring and evaluation guidelines – with measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans – across U.S. international development and economic assistance programs; and 2) require the Secretary of State to ensure the ForeignAssistance.gov website contains detailed information, updated quarterly, regarding U.S. foreign assistance on a program-by-program and country-by-country basis. It would further require the Government Accountability Office to undertake analysis to inform Congress on relevant agencies’ adherence to these benchmarks.
Given its strong bipartisan support in the previous sessions of Congress, the letter urges members of Congress to support and swiftly pass the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act” to maximize the impact of our foreign assistance.