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As of January 31, 2023, there are 4840 open recommendations that still need to be addressed. 471 of these are priority recommendations, those that we believe warrant priority attention. Learn more about our priority designation on our Recommendations page.

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1 - 20 of 22 Recommendations, including 2 Priority Recommendations

President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief: State Has Taken Actions to Address Coordination Challenges, but Staffing Challenges Persist

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
U.S. Agency for International Development USAID should work with the U.S. Global Aids Coordinator to ensure that USAID's funding pipeline policies are compatible for PEPFAR activities and that adequate pipeline funds are available to implementing agencies so that these activities can continue in case of funding delays. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Privacy: Dedicated Leadership Can Improve Programs and Address Challenges

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
U.S. Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should fully define and document a process for ensuring that the senior agency official for privacy, or other designated privacy official, reviews IT capital investment plans and budgetary requests. (Recommendation 63)
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USAID stated that it agreed with our recommendation and described plans to address it. Once the agency states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.

U.S. Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should incorporate privacy into an organization-wide risk management strategy that includes a determination of risk tolerance. (Recommendation 64)
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USAID stated that it agreed with our recommendation and described plans to address it. Once the agency states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.

Federal Personal Property: Better Internal Guidance and More Action from GSA Are Needed to Help Agencies Maximize Use of Excess

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
U.S. Agency for International Development The Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development should ensure that internal guidance on considering excess personal property incorporates, at a minimum, relevant roles and responsibilities, when it is practicable to check for and obtain excess property, and how to evaluate the suitability of excess property for meeting agency needs. (Recommendation 5)
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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) concurred with this recommendation and said it would take steps to implement it. When we confirm what actions USAID has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Global Food Security: Coordination of U.S. Assistance Can Be Improved

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
U.S. Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should ensure that the country coordinator at the U.S. mission in each GFSS target country takes steps to ensure that all relevant U.S. agencies are included in the planning and coordination of food security assistance. (Recommendation 1)
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USAID concurred with GAO's recommendation and stated that USAID will work with GFSS interagency country coordinators to ensure all relevant U.S. agencies are included in the planning and coordination of food security assistance. In December 2022, USAID stated that it plans to identify interagency field contacts for all GFSS countries to facilitate coordination between those in country and at headquarters. USAID also described steps to update country GFSS plans to ensure that interagency coordination mechanisms are outlined for every country. GAO continues to monitor agency actions related to

U.S. Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should work with other participants in the GFSS Interagency to establish a mechanism, such as a shared database, to ensure that each agency has ready access to information about the other agencies' current and planned U.S. global food security assistance. (Recommendation 2)
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USAID concurred with GAO's recommendation and stated that USAID will work with interagency partners to explore whether there are additional mechanisms that can be used to track planned global food security assistance. In December 2022, USAID outlined steps to share performance indicator results among GFSS agencies, and plans to increase access to a shared database reporting annual program results. GAO continues to monitor agency actions related to this recommendation.

COVID-19: Better USAID Documentation and More-Frequent Reporting Could Enhance Monitoring of Humanitarian Efforts

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
U.S. Agency for International Development The USAID Administrator should ensure that BHA clearly communicates to staff the expectations for documentation of field-level oversight, such as site visits, in each award file, such as by educating staff about legacy guidance or issuing new BHA guidance. (Recommendation 1)
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According to USAID, as of August 2022, the Agency is in the process of updating and disseminating internal guidance documentation to ensure BHA staff are familiar with the expectations for documentation of field-level oversight activities. GAO continues to monitor the implementation of this recommendation.

U.S. Agency for International Development The USAID Administrator should ensure that BHA assesses the costs and benefits of requiring more-frequent reporting from implementers in contexts where normal operations and monitoring are curtailed. (Recommendation 2)
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According to USAID, as of August 2022, the Agency is actively conducting a desk review of technical, policy, and legal considerations to assess the cost implications and benefits of increasing the frequency of required program reporting. GAO continues to monitor the implementation of this recommendation.

Global Food Security: Improved Monitoring Framework Needed to Assess and Report on Feed the Future's Performance

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8 Open Recommendations
2 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
U.S. Agency for International Development
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Administrator of USAID, in consultation with FTF partner agencies, should establish quantifiable and measurable performance goals for the initiative to assess progress toward FTF's strategic objectives and overarching goal. (Recommendation 1)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. In November 2021, USAID established two performance goals for FTF in the State-USAID Joint Strategic Plan. USAID plans for the remaining FTF performance goals to reflect average population-based outcomes achieved across the zones of Influence in FTF target countries. As of March 2022, USAID was in the process of collecting evidence to quantify these targets based on FTF Phase Two zone of influence baseline reports, with 3 of at least 20 of those planned reports completed so far. We will continue to monitor USAID's

U.S. Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID, in consultation with FTF partner agencies, should (1) evaluate and revise, as necessary, which indicators should be required as applicable as performance indicators across the initiative to include only those that are used for FTF-wide performance monitoring; and (2) clearly and specifically explain the linkage of those FTF-wide indicators to the initiative's performance goals and strategic objectives. (Recommendation 2)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. In March 2022, USAID began a process to revise the FTF performance indicators, which it expects to complete by August 2022. We will continue to monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.

U.S. Agency for International Development
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Administrator of USAID, in consultation with FTF partner agencies, should establish FTF-wide targets for FTF-wide performance indicators required as applicable across the initiative. (Recommendation 3)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. As noted in the status of recommendation 1, USAID has set two performance goals, which have targets as part of those goals. USAID also plans to set additional performance goals, with targets, in response to recommendation 1. USAID has not yet shared any plans to create performance targets for its other performance indicators that FTF requires as applicable across the initiative. We will continue to monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.

U.S. Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should describe in the Progress Snapshot and Strategy Implementation reports how performance data included in those reports align with and can be used to assess progress toward FTF's performance goals and strategic objectives. (Recommendation 4)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. As of March 2022, USAID has not yet taken steps to implement this recommendation. We will continue to monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.

U.S. Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should, in the Progress Snapshot and Strategy Implementation reports, (1) include performance targets for all performance indicators included in the reports so these data can be used to meaningfully demonstrate progress or performance gaps, and (2) discuss planned actions for unmet performance targets. (Recommendation 5)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. As of March 2022, USAID has not yet taken steps to implement this recommendation. We will continue to monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.

U.S. Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should clearly state in the Progress Snapshot and Strategy Implementation reports the limitations of FTF impact indicator data, such as data on poverty and stunting. (Recommendation 6)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. Further, in August 2021, USAID indicated it had taken initial steps to implement this recommendation by instituting an additional step in the clearance process for FTF public reports. Specifically, USAID told us that their Bureau for Resilience and Food Security; Office of Policy, Analysis and Engagement; Analysis and Learning Division staff will review public reports on FTF impact indicator data to ensure the text clearly conveys these data are estimates and cannot be directly attributed FTF activities. . As of March 2022

U.S. Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should develop and implement a process through which USAID regularly shares its annual graduation scorecard assessments with its target country missions and the FTF partner agencies. (Recommendation 7)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. As of March 2022, USAID has not yet taken steps to implement this recommendation. We will continue to monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.

U.S. Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID, in consultation with USAID missions in FTF target countries and FTF partner agencies, should review the graduation scorecard assessment process with the frequency that the FTF graduation policy outlines to ensure that the indicators included and the assessment process used provide valid information for assessing target countries' readiness to graduate, and that there is a common understanding about what graduation from the initiative will mean. (Recommendation 8)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. As of March 2022, USAID has not yet taken steps to implement this recommendation. We will continue to monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.

Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development: USAID Needs to Develop a Targeting Process and Improve the Reliability of Its Monitoring

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4 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
U.S. Agency for International Development The USAID Administrator should direct the Private Sector Engagement Hub or other appropriate entity to establish a method to identify the total funding subject to the WEEE Act's requirements in order to develop a process that provides reasonable assurance of compliance with the Act's requirements for targeting assistance to the very poor and women. (Recommendation 1)
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In its response to our report, USAID accepted this recommendation. We will monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.

U.S. Agency for International Development The USAID Administrator should direct the Private Sector Engagement Hub or other appropriate entity to provide information and guidance to bureaus and missions on their roles in meeting the agency's targeting requirement regarding the very poor. (Recommendation 2)
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In its response to our report, USAID accepted this recommendation. We will monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.

U.S. Agency for International Development The USAID Administrator should direct the Private Sector Engagement Hub or other appropriate entity to establish a definition for enterprises owned, managed, and controlled by women in order to develop a process that provides reasonable assurance of compliance with the WEEE Act's requirements for targeting assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises owned, managed, and controlled by women. (Recommendation 3)
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In its response to our report, USAID accepted this recommendation. We will monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.

U.S. Agency for International Development The USAID Administrator should direct the Private Sector Engagement Hub or other appropriate entity to disaggregate MSME data to distinguish among micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in order to develop a process that provides reasonable assurance of compliance with the WEEE Act's requirements for targeting assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises owned, managed, and controlled by women. (Recommendation 4)
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In its response to our report, USAID accepted this recommendation. We will monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.

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