Advisory Notice for USAID Management: Key Considerations for Developing USAID’s Comprehensive Plan on Reforming and Reducing the Federal Workforce


On April 12, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Memorandum M-17-22, “Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce,” which provides guidance for agencies to implement the President’s March 13, 2017, Reorganization Executive Order.

Under OMB’s guidance, USAID must develop a comprehensive reform plan and an analytical framework that aligns activities with the Agency’s mission, role, and the performance of its individual functions. The framework should result in proposals in four categories: eliminate activities, restructure or merge activities, improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness, and improve workforce management.

OIG prepared an advisory for USAID based on its audit and investigative work, other oversight organizations’ work, and Governmentwide best practices and applied professional judgment to develop considerations and questions for USAID’s use in its reform effort. The notice was sent to USAID on June 21, 2017.