Central America:

Humanitarian Assistance to the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance

NSIAD-89-152: Published: Jun 1, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1989.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Agency for International Development's (AID) expenditure of $17.7 million in humanitarian assistance to the Nicaraguan democratic resistance.

GAO found that: (1) AID conformed to legislative requirements and provided no lethal goods under the program; (2) AID applied adequate controls to administer procurement, monitor goods delivery, and make cash payments for food and family assistance; (3) $1.2 million in unobligated program funds resulted from legislative limits on fund expenditures; (4) temporary shortages of goods and services to the resistance resulted from the legislated monthly spending limits, increasing numbers of resistance personnel requiring assistance, isolated locations of resistance personnel, and management weaknesses within the resistance; and (5) although AID inappropriately used some program funds due to practices that continued from previous U.S. assistance programs, it discontinued those practices.

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