Audit of USAID/Mexico's Rule of Law and Human Rights Program

Recommendations

Recommendation 1

USAID/Mexico exert technical control over the contract and require Management Systems International to develop an implementation strategy that outlines how it intends to identify the sites where it intends to work and the methodologies it intends to deploy for identifying the training needs and execution of training.

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Recommendation 2

USAID/Mexico conduct a portfolio review to examine the strategic and operational issues and determine whether USAID-supported activities are supporting the implementation of criminal justice reforms at the federal and state levels and strengthening civil society organizations' promotion and oversight of human rights.

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Recommendation 3

USAID/Mexico either re-compete the contract for technical services or prepare the appropriate justification required by the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 for other than full and open competition.

According to RIG/SS's 6/9/11 memo, rec. was subsequently revised within the final report to:

Mission seek an independent technical decision from either the Contract Review Board or the USAID Ombudsman to make a determination if USAID complied with the Federal Acquisition Regulations in approving the award of the MSI task order under the ENGAGE IQC.

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Recommendation 4

USAID/Mexico revise its current performance indicators and associated targets for the rule of law program so that they will assess progress toward the program's overall goals and objectives.

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Recommendation 5

USAID/Mexico update its Performance Management Plan for the rule of law program.

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Recommendation 6

USAID/Mexico strengthen its internal controls so that technical officers implement their delegated duties in accordance with USAID policy.

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Recommendation 7

USAID/Mexico establish procedures for systematically following up with training participants to assess the impact and effectiveness of training.

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Recommendation 8

USAID/Mexico institute procedures to consistently collect and input training data into the USAID training network.

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