Performance Data Lacked Support - ADS 203.3

USAID’s results-oriented approach to management calls for its managers to consider performance information when making decisions. Sound decisions require accurate, current, and reliable information, and the benefits of USAID’s results-oriented approach depend on the quality of performance information available.

To this end, the USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) discusses the importance of reliable data. To be reliable, data should reflect stable and consistent data collection processes and analysis methods over time so that USAID managers can be confident that progress toward performance targets reflects real changes rather than variations in data collection methods (ADS 203.3.5.1d).

Additionally, the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government requires accurate and timely recording of all transactions and significant events. These standards also require that transactions and significant events be clearly documented, with the documentation readily available.

General Recommendations

  • Develop and implement procedures to document results.

Source: AUDIT REPORT NO. 4-650-11-010-P JULY 28, 2011

The recommendations are derived from audit reports of the Office of the Inspector General. The source refers to the audit report, which is available on this site as part of the Audit Database Project: an educational tool for compliance with USAID regulations.  Please see the disclaimer of this site before using recommendations.

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