Accession Number : ADA323624

Title :   Foreign Assistance: Status of USAID's Reforms.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA323624

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : USAID has begun to undertake an array of reforms affecting the entire agency, including organization, management, and program operations. USAID'S missions largely have reorganized their activities around the agency's strategic objectives and are reporting in a results-based format. However, according to USAID officials, the fiscal year 1998 budget cycle will be the first test of the degree to which results are taken into account in making resource allocation decisions. Further, personnel reforms are not as far along as other reforms and may reflect long-standing difficulties that USAID has had in this area Parallel to, and in support of USAID'S broad reform efforts, is development of an integrated new management system (NMS) with worldwide access, which is intended to consolidate a myriad of existing systems. USAID officials recognize that they face the challenge of institutionalizing the gains that the agency has made to ensure the long-term sustainability of reforms. To accomplish this objective, USAID needs to be able to show that it is managing resources with greater efficiency and transparency and demonstrate that it is achieving measurable results. The briefing sections provide (1) more information on the origin and impetus for USAID'S reform efforts, (2) a listing of the reform elements, and (3) a status report on the reform efforts.

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *FOREIGN AID, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, DECISION MAKING, STRATEGY, HUMAN RESOURCES, MODIFICATION, ALLOCATIONS, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, FEDERAL BUDGETS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE