U.S. Congress Should Partner With Development Community, Private Sector To Ensure Efficient Reorganization Of U.S. Foreign Aid
The Hill: Maintaining the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid
Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, both co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Effective Foreign Assistance
“One of the most significant challenges facing the future of American foreign policy is the ongoing reorganization planning at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). … We agree with and support current proposals put forward by a bipartisan group of our colleagues on the Appropriations Committee that require the administration to provide detailed information on any reorganization plan prior to it being implemented. … Congress can partner with the development community to truly make a difference in our work overseas. It is critical that these and other views be taken into account, as they emphasize the value of both public and private sector efforts. … The coming months represent a very real opportunity to not only continue to improve the efficacy of our aid and development programs inside the government, but also to drive a new level of partnership with the private sector to help improve the lives of those living in poverty. We stand ready to work with this administration, as well as the career professionals at both the State Department and USAID. This mission is far too significant to not get right” (9/20).