Friday, October 14, 2011

USAID: Releasing details of Cuba contract would have global impact

It arrived by certified mail and had a $7 stamp, but contained almost no information. The U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, released the first document I've gotten in response to a series of FOIA requests I began making on Dec. 28, 2010.
The 33-page Cuba project proposal was heavily redacted. See post about it here, at the Cuba Money Project. Download the redacted document here or view it here. See reaction from an ex-USAID official here.
In the document, USAID reveals only bare details of a $2-million Cuba contract, keeping secret most details about the program, including the name of the organization that received the contract.
Releasing such information would jeopardize USAID's relationships with contractors worldwide, the agency said:
Employees associated with the U.S. Government could be subjected to threats, intimidation, harassment and/or violence. Further, if we were to allow the security of our implementers and their employees to be compromised, all of USAID’s programs worldwide and USAID’s relationships with its implementers could be jeopardized.

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