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Open Recommendations

Global Food Security: Improved Monitoring Framework Needed to Assess and Report on Feed the Future's Performance

GAO-21-548
Aug 31, 2021
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8 Open Recommendations
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United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID, in consultation with FTF partner agencies, should establish quantifiable and measurable performance goals for the initiative to assess progress toward FTF's strategic objectives and overarching goal. (Recommendation 1)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. We will monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.
United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID, in consultation with FTF partner agencies, should (1) evaluate and revise, as necessary, which indicators should be required as applicable as performance indicators across the initiative to include only those that are used for FTF-wide performance monitoring; and (2) clearly and specifically explain the linkage of those FTF-wide indicators to the initiative's performance goals and strategic objectives. (Recommendation 2)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. We will monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.
United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID, in consultation with FTF partner agencies, should establish FTF-wide targets for FTF-wide performance indicators required as applicable across the initiative. (Recommendation 3)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. We will monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.
United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should describe in the Progress Snapshot and Strategy Implementation reports how performance data included in those reports align with and can be used to assess progress toward FTF's performance goals and strategic objectives. (Recommendation 4)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. We will monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.
United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should, in the Progress Snapshot and Strategy Implementation reports, (1) include performance targets for all performance indicators included in the reports so these data can be used to meaningfully demonstrate progress or performance gaps, and (2) discuss planned actions for unmet performance targets. (Recommendation 5)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. We will monitor USAID's implementation of this recommendation and provide updated information on its progress.
United States Agency for International Development The Administrator of USAID should clearly state in the Progress Snapshot and Strategy Implementation reports the limitations of FTF impact indicator data, such as data on poverty and stunting. (Recommendation 6)
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In its response to our report, USAID agreed with this recommendation. Further, in August 2021, USAID indicated it had taken initial steps to implement this recommendation by instituting an additional step in the clearance process for FTF public reports. Specifically, USAID told us that their Bureau for Resilience and Food Security; Office of Policy, Analysis and Engagement; Analysis and Learning Division staff will review public reports on FTF impact indicator data to ensure the text clearly conveys these data are estimates and cannot be directly attributed FTF activities. We will continue to monitor USAID's implementation of this review process and any other steps it may take to implement this recommendation to improve the clarity of FTF public reports.

Human Trafficking: DOD Should Address Weaknesses in Oversight of Contractors and Reporting of Investigations Related to Contracts

GAO-21-546
Aug 04, 2021
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6 Open Recommendations
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should issue guidance to highlight and reinforce CTIP responsibilities and explain how contracting personnel can monitor and oversee contractors' CTIP efforts. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should issue guidance to highlight and reinforce CTIP responsibilities and explain how contracting personnel can monitor and oversee contractors' CTIP efforts. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should reinstate requirements for components to report the percentage of personnel who complete required acquisition professionals CTIP training in their annual self-assessments. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should clarify guidance for reporting TIP investigations by DOD components in their annual self-assessments, such as informing CTIP program managers to collect data from their component's offices involved in debarments related to contractor TIP incidents. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should clarify which offices should be involved in receiving and reporting on TIP incidents involving contractors to ensure that DOD provides complete information on its CTIP activities for the Attorney General's annual required report to Congress. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should issue guidance clarifying which Army personnel are responsible for accurately reporting in FAPIIS actions taken against contractors for TIP violations, as required by DOD policy. (Recommendation 6)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

U.S.-China Trade: USTR Should Fully Document Internal Procedures for Making Tariff Exclusion and Extension Decisions

GAO-21-506
Jul 28, 2021
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2 Open Recommendations
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Office of the U.S. Trade Representative The U.S. Trade Representative should fully document the internal procedures used to make tariff exclusion decisions for the Section 301 tariffs on products from China. (Recommendation 1)
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USTR concurred with this recommendation and has begun a review to fully document the internal procedures used in the 301 tariff exclusion process.
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative The U.S. Trade Representative should fully document the internal procedures used to make tariff extension decisions for the Section 301 tariffs on products from China. (Recommendation 2)
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USTR concurred with this recommendation and has begun a review to fully document the internal procedures used in the 301 tariff extension process.

President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: State Should Improve Data Quality and Assess Long-term Resource Needs

GAO-21-374
May 20, 2021
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3 Open Recommendations
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Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator establishes standard, documented procedures to fully track and verify PEPFAR program-level budget data, including data used for reporting to Congress, to ensure that these data are complete and accurate. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator develops a documented plan with a timeline for implementing data improvements to fully track and verify PEPFAR program-level budget data, including data used for reporting to Congress, to ensure that these data are complete and accurate. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of State The Secretary of State should ensure the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator assesses the long-term resources PEPFAR needs to continue progress toward the goal of HIV epidemic control, given known factors, including the growing youth population, that affect PEPFAR's ability to achieve its goals. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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