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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Agency for International Development's (AID) Population Program, focusing on: (1) program policy, goals, and strategy; (2) program resources and management; and (3) program accomplishments.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
United States Agency for International Development 1. To improve program oversight, the Administrator, AID, should develop a centralized management information system to obtain comprehensive financial and management information on all AID population projects and activities, which would also enable the Administrator to improve on making decisions about resource allocations and program priorities.
Closed - Implemented
AID agrees with GAO on the importance of a management system, but claims its existing systems equal a management system. GAO is examining management information system issues as part of the General Management Review of AID.
United States Agency for International Development 2. To improve program evaluation, the Administrator, AID, should direct that an overall program impact evaluation be performed, along with country-specific impact evaluations in those countries with large programs.
Closed - Implemented
AID has instituted an impact evaluation process. The GAO February 1992 report, NSIAD-92-48, on AID Population Program Evaluations noted that two country programs have been evaluated and four other evaluations are scheduled for fiscal year 1992.

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