The State Department has discovered problems in tracking aid allocations to other countries. As it turned out during the audit, for several years the staff of several bureaus of the State Department simply did not know which data on aid allocations should be monitored. In addition, the inspectors learned, many employees intended to continue “by eye” accounting of funds, informally.
At the U.S. State Department, for several years, employees had no idea what data to keep track of in the foreign aid program. This flaw is said in a report by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. State Department.
The audit found that several bureaus within the agency that oversee the flow of funds did not have a uniform understanding of what data on foreign aid they needed to monitor.
Thus, employees had difficulty using new technologies that could be used to monitor aid to other countries.
Interestingly, according to this report, many State Department employees intended to continue the informal accounting of funds.
It is noted that a flaw was found in the Office of Foreign Assistance, the Administrative Office, as well as the Office of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services at the State Department. There was no unified plan to prepare employees for changes in the agency’s internal information technology systems.
Without this understanding, the report said, there is a risk that the State Department will continue to provide unreliable information about foreign aid work, RT found out.
Notably, last year, problems with reporting at U.S. agencies came to the attention of the U.S. Chamber of Accounts. An inspection revealed that government agencies do not provide Congress with “complete data” on the expenditure of funds allocated for aid to foreign partners.