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President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: State Should Improve Data Quality and Assess Long-term Resource Needs

GAO-21-374
May 20, 2021
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3 Open Recommendations
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Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator establishes standard, documented procedures to fully track and verify PEPFAR program-level budget data, including data used for reporting to Congress, to ensure that these data are complete and accurate. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator develops a documented plan with a timeline for implementing data improvements to fully track and verify PEPFAR program-level budget data, including data used for reporting to Congress, to ensure that these data are complete and accurate. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator assesses the long-term resources PEPFAR needs to continue progress toward the goal of HIV epidemic control, given known factors, including the growing youth population, that affect PEPFAR's ability to achieve its goals. (Recommendation 3)
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Foreign Assistance: State Department Should Better Assess Results of Efforts to Improve Financial and Some Program Data

GAO-21-373
May 10, 2021
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Department of State The Secretary of State should direct the Director of the Office of Foreign Assistance to improve the monitoring and evaluation of the FADR effort by, for example, identifying how the performance indicators link to desired results, timeframes associated with performance targets, and a plan to periodically assess its monitoring data. (Recommendation 1)
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U.S. Assistance To Mexico: State and USAID Should Strengthen Risk Management for Programs under the Mérida Initiative

GAO-21-335
Mar 31, 2021
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7 Open Recommendations
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Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure that State-INL establishes a time frame for completing its fraud risk assessment for its programs under the Mérida Initiative. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure that State-INL develops, documents, and implements an antifraud strategy for State-INL programs under the Mérida Initiative that adheres to leading practices in GAO's A Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure that State-INL updates its policies and guidance to require managers, employees, and stakeholders with responsibility for implementing and overseeing State programs under the Mérida Initiative to attend fraud awareness training upon hiring and then on a periodic basis. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure that Embassy Mexico City assesses and responds to the risk that Mexican non-security personnel in sensitive positions with security concerns are participating in U.S.-funded programs under the Mérida Initiative. (Recommendation 4)
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United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should ensure that the USAID Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean completes a fraud risk assessment for its program under the Mérida Initiative. (Recommendation 5)
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United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should ensure that the USAID Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean develops, documents, and implements an antifraud strategy for USAID's program under the Mérida Initiative. (Recommendation 6)
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West Bank and Gaza Aid: Should Funding Resume, Increased Oversight of Subawardee Compliance with USAID's Antiterrorism Policies and Procedures May Reduce Risks

GAO-21-332
Mar 29, 2021
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2 Open Recommendations
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United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should establish a process for verifying that prime awardees have procedures in place to comply with Mission Order 21 requirements before allowing prime awardees to make subawards, should funding for USAID's West Bank and Gaza program resume. (Recommendation 1)
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United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should conduct post-award compliance reviews of prime awardees and their subawards of ESF assistance for USAID's West Bank and Gaza program in time to identify noncompliance and take appropriate actions before the awards end, should funding for the program resume. (Recommendation 2)
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