ABSTRACT

Foreign Assistance: U.S. Assistance for the West Bank and Gaza, Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Highlights: "Since 1993, the U.S. government has committed more than $5 billion in bilateral assistance to the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. According to the Department of State, this assistance to the Palestinians promotes U.S. economic and political foreign policy interests by supporting Middle East peace negotiations and financing economic stabilization programs. USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development] is primarily responsible for administering ESF [Economic Support Fund] assistance to the West Bank and Gaza. Appropriations acts for fiscal years 2015 and 2016 included provisions for GAO to review the treatment, handling, and uses of funds provided through the ESF for assistance to the West Bank and Gaza. This report examines (1) the status of ESF assistance and projects provided to the West Bank and Gaza for fiscal years 2015 and 2016, including project assistance and payments to P A creditors , and (2) the extent to which USAID conducted required vetting of PA [Palestinian Authority] creditors to ensure that this assistance would not support entities or individuals associated with terrorism and assessed PA ministries' capacity to use ESF assistance as intended. GAO [Government Accountability Office] reviewed relevant laws and regulations and USAID financial data, policies, procedures , and documents. GAO also interviewed USAID and State Department officials."

Report Number:
GAO-18-612
Publisher:
Date:
2018-08
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
United States Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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