Washington, DC – The U.S. Agency for International Development Office of the Inspector General released a report late Monday that found weakness in USAID’s management of the preaward process. The report is available here: http://www.usaid.gov/oig/public/fy11rpts/g-391-11-004-p.pdf
The report revealed weaknesses that exposed U.S. assistance to higher risk of fraud, waste, and abuse. USAID failed to prioritize or follow-up on significant vulnerabilities identified in the assessments. USAID also failed to ensure the assessments were properly documented.
The following is the reaction of Senator Susan Collins, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
"U.S. aid to Pakistan is under review as a result of questions about whether or not elements of the Pakistan military and intelligence services were aware of the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. Regardless, it is troubling that USAID would let a dollar, much less millions of dollars, go out the door to any organization susceptible to waste and abuse of U.S. funding. Perhaps this problem explains why so many IG reports of USAID programs fail to find measurable results. Working with trustworthy partners is the necessary first step to ensure we are not wasting millions in aid on good intentions alone."