Agency for International Development Needs To Strengthen Its Management of Study, Research, and Evaluation Activities

ID-79-13: Published: Feb 12, 1979. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 1979.

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GAO examined the management of contracts and grants issued by the Agency for International Development (AID) for study, research, and evaluation activities. During fiscal years 1977 and 1978, AID obligated $109 million and $90 million for services from contractors. The amount projected for fiscal 1979 was $105 million.

Some categories of AID-funded studies and research were not included in fiscal year 1977, such as host-country technical services (about $600 million), support of the international agriculture research centers (about $19 million), and research components of development projects. AID cannot readily determine the full amount it spends for studies, research, and evaluations because its management reporting systems are not designed to provide this information. AID does not: give adequate consideration to the information already available to the U.S. Government before contracting for more studies and research; assure itself that it has received products contracted for; nor systematically disseminate its information to others within AID and the Government. These conditions may lead to buying information already available to the Federal Government and to a reduction in the impact on AID programs.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The AID Administrator should: require that AID's management information system identify research and study efforts and their costs; require responsible officers to certify that available information has been obtained, analyzed, and considered before contracts or grants for studies and research are authorized; expand coordination and information exchange within AID and with other Federal agencies and donors; act to assure that AID managers exercise appropriate surveillance over contractor activities, and complete and use properly contractor performance evaluation reports; and require that appropriate information on AID-funded studies and research be sent to the National Technical Information Service and the Smithsonian Science Information Exchange.

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