By Chris O’Donnell
July 13, 2014
On June 24, 2014, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY15 State and Foreign Operations Bill. Unchanged are the usual markups and earmarks, but interested as diminished significantly for awards to local entities by exception to competition and government-to-government assistance. The house language includes semi-annual reporting of awards in excess of $3.0 million and sole source in excess of $2.0 million. Prior consultation and notification of the committees on appropriation is required on government-to-government assistance in excess of $10.0 million. For FY16 government-to-government assistance must be incorporated in the Congressional Budget Justification. Added this year is the requirement to post reports to Congress on the USAID web site. Unclear is the motivation, but clearly there is increased public interest regarding who, how much and the extent of competition awards are provided to local entities.