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During 2018, we made a combined 51 recommendations to the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Of the 36 recommendations made to State, 11 had not been followed as of April 2020.
We make more than 1,000 recommendations annually to help improve government. We alert department heads to the recommendations that can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve their operations.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to the recommendations where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
We reported in 2015 that initial efforts to develop an inventory of federal programs—something that could make government more transparent and reveal areas of duplication and overlap—had fallen short due to inconsistent definitions and information across agencies.
Is the federal government monitoring its foreign aid funds?
The United States plans to spend more than $34 billion on foreign assistance in 2017 to improve health, support democracy, and achieve other U.S. foreign policy goals.
The Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is required to annually prepare and submit audited financial statements of the U.S. government to the President and the Congress.