Today Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 3159, the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act which passed the House unanimously with bipartisan support. This bill would require the President to establish--and the heads of federal agencies to implement--measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans for all foreign development assistance programs. It would bring transparency and accountability to the foreign aid process by requiring agencies to keep the American people informed about where their money is spent and how effective the aid is.
"I applaud my colleagues in the House for passing this important legislation to modernize and reform the outdated American foreign aid program", said Poe. "Under the current system, taxpayer dollars are spent all over the world and no one really knows how efficient or effective that aid is. Lack of transparency and accountability has resulted in massive corruption and waste. There must be measureable goals and ways to monitor how successful the assistance really is. This legislation will finally bring transparency and accountability to the American Foreign Aid program. "