Congress has appropriated approximately $1.34 billion in supplemental funding for USAID’s programming and operations related to COVID-19 and $1 million for OIG oversight. OIG’s COVID-19 Oversight Plan for fiscal years 2021-2022 presents our plans for oversight of USAID activities carried out pursuant to the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law 116-123) and the CARES Act (Public Law 116-136). The Oversight Plan also presents USAID responses to operational challenges and second-order effects presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This brief provides information on USAID’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated challenges, as well as related oversight plans and activities. OIG prepared this informational brief to increase stakeholder knowledge and public transparency regarding these efforts. This brief reports on activities from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic through August 31, 2020.
This advisory notice poses key questions from past lessons learned for USAID to consider while planning and executing its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lessons learned and corresponding questions fall under four broad areas, which mirror the top management challenges we report annually to USAID: (1) managing risks to humanitarian assistance amid a public health emergency of international concern; (2) maintaining responsibilities for planning, monitoring, and sustaining U.S.-funded development; (3) maximizing stakeholder coordination for a global COVID-19 response; and (4) addressing...