WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) joined Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Congressman Howard L. Berman (D-CA) today in releasing a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled “Foreign Aid Reform:  Comprehensive Strategy, Interagency Coordination, and Operational Improvements Would Bolster Current Efforts” (GAO-09-192).  GAO’s report details the State Department’s progress and challenges with consolidating and reforming foreign assistance processes.  Akaka chairs the Senate subcommittee with oversight responsibility on national security staffing.

“Human capital management is not receiving adequate attention at the State Department.  GAO’s findings reveal that State’s Director of Foreign Assistance does not have a strategic human capital plan or defined roles and responsibilities for all employees.  To help make our foreign assistance efforts effective, the State Department needs to make human capital management a priority,” said Senator Akaka, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. 

The report is posted at: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09192.pdf