Audit of USAID’s Implementation of the Water for the Poor Act.
Country: United States
Fiscal Year: 2010
Audit Report Available: No
On December 1, 2005, the President signed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 200512 into law. The act requires the Secretary of State, in consultation with USAID and other U.S. Government agencies, to develop and implement a strategy to provide affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries within the context of sound water resource management. In FY 2007, the Department of State and USAID began work on a joint strategic framework on water to provide U.S. embassies and USAID missions with guidelines for developing activities within their host countries to achieve U.S. foreign assistance goals on water.
The FY 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Act stated that “not less than $300 million shall be made available for safe drinking water and sanitation, only to implement the Senator Paul Simon Water of the Poor Act of 2005.” The purpose of this earmark was to increase sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation and to improve hygiene.
This audit will determine whether (1) Water for the Poor Act activities are increasing access to improved water sources and improved sanitation and (2) USAID-selected water projects and activities are implemented in accordance with Water for the Poor Act requirements.
Source: Office of Inspector General - ANNUAL PLAN - FISCAL YEAR 2010
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