Can you please share with us the specific USAID outcomes of current SBA indicators and goals for procuring products and services from small, women-owned, and disadvantage businesses under the new Procurement Reform Agenda.
In regard to Federal Assistance, has USAID been involved with the Grants Policy Committee (GPC), established by the Federal CFO Council? There have been a lot of good streamlining initiatives that have come out of this group under P.L.106-107. Grants need to be used in accordance with the principals and spirit of the The Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977. Allow NGO's to do what they do best and reduce ...more »
Will USAID consider adopting or incorporating "expanded authorities" ala the Dept. of Health & Human Services grants and cooperative agreements, in order to put aside (when warranted) some of the burdensome "prior approvals" that are required?
In regard to assistance awards (grants/coop. agreements), I've heard that USAID will provide some form of "safe harbors" for their managers (Procurement/Contracting officials?) to allow them to the opportunity to take more risks with less established partners overseas. Will USAID provide the same opportunity for prime recipients in working with their subrecipients? We currently take on a lot of USAID's risk in working ...more »
How would USAID assist partners to be ready for the reform, and what are the requirements from partners to meet the objectives of this reform.
Are there any plans to increase the number of local Inititatives made available for Faith-Based Organizations.
Are there any plans for Capacity Building Initiatives for Local CBO's.
What are the 2011 reform goals and how can local CBO's have input in the identification of needed goals on the grassroot level?
I am writing to you from the Eastern part of the Congo where the actual conflict has killed more than 8 millions people and more than two millions women have been raped etc... My question are 1. Why do you still do business with the same organization when you know that they only spend $.15 on the dollar on the local population? 2. Can we make exception for organization that are on the ground in the Congo to still ...more »
Recent procurements from USAID continue the trend of complex scopes of work and high ceilings. In addition, many are RFAs with significant cost shares. These realities make it difficult for small businesses to compete. What will happen under this procurement reform to boost utilization of small businesses, not just for their ability to procure goods, but also for their strengths in innovation and specific technical competencies? ...more »
The current mechanism for getting procurement information is through the FedBizOpps.gov website. Because of the fact that many grant seekers are unfamiliar with the website is it possible to have a task force explore ways to improve and make the website more easy to use?
The US has over the past years shown increased support of women, peace and security issues, namely UNSCR 1325, and UNSCR 1820. How will USAID ensure support for civil society organizations to push these issue forward?
Given the US government's strong support for UN Secruity Council Reslution 1325 on women, peace and security, how will USAID ensure that international and national
CSOs supporting women's activism in conflict prevention,
peace making and peacebuilding get adequate and timely resources and ease the application process for many such new entities?