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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 ForeignAssistance.gov 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, to examine, research, and track U.S. Government foreign assistance investments in an accessible and easy-to-understand format.

In 2012 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently released OMB Bulletin 12-01 – Guidance on Collection of U.S. Foreign Assistance Data, which offers federal agencies guidance on the collection of U.S. foreign assistance data. Agency data is added to the site in a continual method, which is structured to provide high quality data and prioritized by agencies with larger foreign assistance portfolios.

ForeignAssistance.gov is under continual development as the reporting mechanisms mature and data becomes 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. The site currently contains budget planning, obligation, spent, and transaction data for U.S. Government agencies.

ForeignAssistance.gov provides the public access to foreign assistance data in a user-friendly format, fulfilling the commitments outlined in the Open Government Directive M-IO-06 and the U.S. National Action Plan of the Open Government Partnership. Additionally, the United States is a signatory to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and data submitted in accordance with OMB Bulletin 12-01 will be used to satisfy IATI reporting standards.

Foreign assistance investments are presented through user-friendly graphics throughout the site, including funding by country, sector, agency, and year. In addition, 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.

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 list.