State Department Not Adequately Tracking Foreign Aid Budget, Agency’s OIG Says In New Report

CNN: Report: State Department failing to adequately track foreign aid
“A government watchdog on Friday criticized the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development for not adequately tracking the over $30 billion they spend annually on foreign assistance, as the administration seeks dramatic cuts to its foreign aid budget. In a new report, the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General — an independent arm of the agency that provides oversight of its programs — chided the government, saying it ‘cannot obtain timely and accurate data necessary to provide central oversight of foreign assistance activities and meet statutory and regulatory reporting requirements’…” (Koran, 6/30).

The Hill: Watchdog says State Dept. failing to adequately track foreign aid
“…The report released by the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General noted that the department has failed to build infrastructure for tracking billions of dollars in foreign aid despite being ordered to do so in 2015. … The report’s summary faults the State Department, saying it ‘had not complied with the report’s recommendation’ in 2015. … Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan responded to the report in a memo, saying the department accepted the watchdog recommendations and would begin implementing them” (Bowden, 7/1).