OIG’s Semiannual Report to Congress, covering the period October 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021, details audit, investigative, and other activities and results from our oversight of USAID, MCC, USADF, and IAF. It also provides an update on our work with the DFC OIG as we transition DFC-related oversight responsibilities.
Our focus on strategic, cross-cutting oversight continued to drive actions that address significant problems affecting foreign assistance programs and operations, including a focus on top management challenges. Over the reporting period, this included audit work leading to the issuance of 221 performance and financial audits and covering $2.9 billion in funds. Audit work also led to 162 recommendations to improve operations and programs and $34.9 million in questioned costs. Our investigative work yielded $7.4 million in recoveries, savings, and avoided costs; along with 16 prosecutorial referrals, 39 administrative actions, and 4 criminal indictments. We closed 83 investigations during the period.
This period’s report presents audit, investigative, and other oversight work with respect to:
- Elevating oversight of pandemic response efforts;
- Driving coordinated oversight of humanitarian and stabilization assistance;
- Strengthening planning, monitoring, and evaluation to sustain U.S.-funded development;
- Advancing accountability in foreign assistance programs involving multiple U.S. agencies and international stakeholders; and
- Identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in agency controls and core management functions.
The report also describes our oversight efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and provides information on our outreach to Federal agencies, oversight partners, and implementers of development and humanitarian assistance to share information and promote greater accountability in U.S. foreign assistance.