This week, ONE applauded the passage of H.R. 3766, the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act. The bill, sponsored by Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerald Connelly (D-VA) passed the House by voice vote, clearing the way for further action in the Senate.
While ONE and its members have been working other core pieces of legislation such as the Electrify Africa, and the Global Food Security Act, we have also been quietly working on a legislation that improves the way foreign assistance is monitored and evaluated.
Specifically, H.R. 3766 would 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. In addition, the bill requires the Secretary of State to ensure the ForeignAssistance.gov website contains accurate and detailed information regarding U.S. foreign assistance on a program-by-program and country-by-country basis.
Having such transparent and accountable programs will surely lead to better and more cost-effective programs in the future. After all, American taxpayers and the citizens of recipient countries deserve to know where and to whom their foreign aid dollars go.
The Senate version of the bill, S. 2184, sponsored by Senators Rubio (R-FL) and Cardin (D-MD) is the companion to HR 3766. It has passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but has yet to be scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor. ONE’s DC staff will be working closely with Senate leadership to schedule a vote.
We urge all of ONE’s 1.5 million U.S. members to ask their Senators to support more transparency in our foreign assistance. But time is running out and we need to act fast.
Email me with questions, and don’t forget to urge your Senator to support the passage of this bill!