Comprehensive Policies and Procedures are Needed to Ensure Appropriate Use of and Accountability for International Assistance
In response to Hurricane Katrina, countries & organizations donated cash & in-kind donations including foreign military assistance to the U.S. government. FEMA is responsible for accepting the assistance & coordinating its distribution. In light of widespread congressional & public interest in U.S. agencies' accountability in receiving & distributing assistance to hurricane victims, this report is one of several to review the fed. governments response to Hurricane Katrina. It examines: (1) the amount & use of internationally donated cash, & (2) the extent to which federal agencies have adequate policies & procedures to ensure proper accountability for the acceptance & distribution of that assistance. Includes recommendations. Charts & tables.
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Page 36 - ... consistent with any guidelines provided by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget. (4) Annual Report. The annual report required by section 2445, concerning estimated increases in defense expenditures arising from illegal technology transfers, shall be prepared by the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretaries of State and Commerce, for submission to the Congress by the President. PART III— FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES AMENDMENTS; INVESTMENT;...
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