Monday, December 8, 2014

Former USAID chief: Congressional oversight lacking

Andrew Natsios
Here's an interesting 11-minute video tracing the history of USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives, which celebrated its 20-year anniversary in October.
Interviewees discussed challenges facing the agency. Andrew Natsios, a former USAID administrator who is now director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University, said:
There are 10 oversight committees in the United States Congress that oversee USAID. They don't even talk to each other. They fight with each other all the time.
The effect of this is to depress innovation. Anybody does anything that fails, their career is over.

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