GAO Report Examines Monitoring Efforts Of U.S. State Department, USAID Rule Of Law Assistance
U.S. Government Accountability Office: Rule of Law Assistance: State and USAID Could Improve Monitoring Efforts
“Improving the rule of law in countries overseas helps to protect fundamental rights, acts as a foundation for democratic rule and economic growth, and combats crime and extremism. The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development allocated over $2.7 billion for rule of law assistance in the past 5 years. Monitoring how this aid is managed is key to identifying potential issues with projects and knowing when to take corrective action. State and USAID have done so for many assistance projects, but they didn’t always identify risks or assess monitoring reports. We recommended that the agencies better monitor such projects” (11/9).