Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Agency for International Development's (AID) use of personal services contractors in carrying out its programs overseas, focusing on whether: (1) services and functions performed under personal services contracts (PSC) are appropriate; (2) AID discloses its use of PSC in budgetary and services reporting; and (3) AID ensures that personal services contractors do not have conflicts of interest.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|United States Agency for International Development||1. To help ensure that personal services contractors do not perform prohibited activities and are subject to adequate supervision and control of their employees, the Administrator, AID, should provide guidance on the requirements for supervising personal services contractors.|
|United States Agency for International Development||2. The Administrator, AID, should separately disclose in AID budget presentations to Congress its use of personal services contractors in support of overseas mission management and program activities.|
|United States Agency for International Development||3. The Administrator, AID, should clarify in what circumstances personal services contractors should be considered consultants.|
|United States Agency for International Development||4. The Administrator, AID, should require contracting officers to enforce agency regulations designed to ensure that: (1) apparent conflicts of interest involving personal services contractors, including any conflicts on active contracts, are identified and resolved; and (2) financial and post-employment disclosures are made.|