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Priority Open Recommendations: U.S. Agency for International Development

GAO-23-106534 Published: May 09, 2023. Publicly Released: May 16, 2023.
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Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help the federal government save money, address issues on our High Risk List, and significantly improve government operations.

This letter to USAID outlines the 2 open recommendations that it should prioritize. For example, one recommendation is for USAID to establish performance goals that will help it assess its progress on a global food security initiative.

USAID didn't implement any recommendations we identified as a priority last year.

We regularly update priority recommendations here.

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What GAO Found

In May 2022, GAO identified two priority recommendations for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Since then, the two recommendations remain open.

These recommendations involve establishing performance goals and targets to help improve USAID's ability to assess progress of Feed the Future, a global food security initiative.

USAID's continued attention to these issues could lead to significant improvements in government operations.

Why GAO Did This Study

Priority open recommendations are the GAO recommendations that warrant priority attention from heads of key departments or agencies because their implementation could save large amounts of money; improve congressional and/or executive branch decision-making on major issues; eliminate mismanagement, fraud, and abuse; or ensure that programs comply with laws and funds are legally spent, among other benefits. Since 2015 GAO has sent letters to selected agencies to highlight the importance of implementing such recommendations.

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