Washington, Oct 13 -

WASHINGTON, DC ñ This week, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced H.R. 3159, the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act.  This bill would require the President to establishóand the heads of federal agencies to implementómeasurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans for all foreign 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.

 ìIt is time to modernize and reform the outdated American foreign aid programî, said Poe.  ìUnder the current system, billions of taxpayer dollars are sent to a majority of the countries in the world and no one really knows how efficient or effective that aid is. Now more than ever it is important for people to know exactly where their money is being sent. American resources should be dispersed strategically in the places where it is in the national interest of the United States.  There must be measureable goals and ways to monitor how successful the assistance really is. This legislation would address all of these needs by bringing transparency and accountability to the outdated American Foreign Aid program ì

The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act has bipartisan support from the Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Howard Berman (D-CA) and 29 other members of Congress. The ONE Foundation and Modernize Foreign Assistance Network have also expressed support for the bill.

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Congressman Poe is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Earlier this year, he introduced the Foreign Aid Accountability Act that would require Congress to have an up or down vote on each country that the United States gives foreign aid to.