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About ForeignAssistance.gov

ForeignAssistance.gov was created in response to the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and President Obama’s Open Government Initiative. The goal of the website is to enable a wide variety of stakeholders, including U.S. citizens, civil society organizations, the Congress, U.S. Government agencies, donors, and partner country governments, the ability to examine, research, and track U.S. Government foreign assistance investments in an accessible and easy-to-understand format.

The site is under continual development as the reporting mechanisms mature and data become more robust. Ultimately the site will incorporate budget, financial, and program data in a standard format from all U.S. Government agencies receiving or implementing foreign assistance, humanitarian, and development funds. Those agencies include but are not limited to:
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Inter-America Foundation
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Peace Corps
  • U.S. African Development Foundation
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Trade Development Agency

U.S. Government agencies are adding data to the site incrementally and are working to build up their capability to report data on a quarterly basis to comply with OMB Bulletin 12-01. Each agency has selected the base year from which they will start reporting based on their current capability. The addition of other agencies and more detailed data will take place in phases. ForeignAssistance.gov currently contains the following information:

Foreign assistance investments are presented through a variety of user-friendly graphics on this site, including funding by country, by sector, and by year. However, the data set can be filtered and sorted in a variety of additional ways. Users are able to generate their own tables through manual queries and download machine-readable data sets. ForeignAssistance.gov is not an accounting tool, but a way to help the U.S. Government be more transparent. Thus, it may not always be possible to trace funded amounts through the stages of the U.S. financial processes (appropriation, obligation, spent) on a dollar for dollar basis within the data.

To understand the information presented on ForeignAssistance.gov, users are encouraged to read the supplementary information under the What You Should Know section, especially the Top 10 Things You Should Know.