The name of the audit says it all, don’t you think?
There was so much excitement at the time of the program’s announcement by the then USAID’s Administrator at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), which I remember well. It was a grandiose $216 million project with the expectation that other international donors would contribute an additional $200 million in funds. SIGAR’s recommendations are three:
1. Conduct an overall assessment of Promote and use the results to adjust the program and measure future program performance….
2. Provide written guidance and training to contracting officer’s representatives on maintaining records in a consistent, accurate manner. …
3. Conduct a new sustainability analysis for the program.
Of the SIGAR recommendations to USAID above, I find #2 quite sad, because in my experience, record keeping has deteriorated to the point of oblivion. Institutional knowledge has waned in many organizations, whether they belong to the private sector or the public one.
Anyone involved in government contracting work ought to read this audit, because it highlights some major flaws in how we run (or not!) multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded programs.
You can read more about the audit at the Stars and Stripes.