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GAO reviewed the effectiveness of the Agency for International Development's (AID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).
Recommendations for Executive Action
|United States Agency for International Development||1. The Administrator, AID, should develop a work-force plan for OFDA to ensure that its headquarters and field staffing needs are clearly identified and documented, and on the basis of a thoroughly justified work-force plan, request that the Office of Management and Budget authorize adequate staffing levels for OFDA.|
|United States Agency for International Development||2. The Administrator, AID, should require that OFDA perform or arrange for regular evaluations of its disaster responses and require grantees of larger OFDA programs to conduct program evaluations.|
|United States Agency for International Development||3. The Administrator, AID, should develop and submit realistic disaster relief budget requests that reflect the agency's best estimates of funding needs for the period involved.|
|United States Agency for International Development||4. The Administrator, AID, should direct AID officials to conduct an evaluation of how AID can better integrate disaster assistance and country development programs.|
|United States Agency for International Development||5. The Administrator, AID, should finalize and implement an updated agency policy on linking longer term development activities with the delivery of disaster assistance. This policy should specifically discuss responsibility for long-term disasters and include provisions for direct linkages between the regional bureaus and the Bureau for Food and Humanitarian Assistance in planning and implementing the prevention, mitigation, and preparedness, disaster assistance, and development activities.|