The Department of State continues to make progress on its efforts to improve tracking and reporting of foreign assistance data in support of the Administration’s transparency and open government goals. The Foreign Assistance Data Review (FADR) is a key factor in the Department’s ability to increase our transparency.
The FADR was chartered in September 2014 to evaluate the capture and tracking of foreign assistance activity data from budgeting, planning, and allocation through obligation and disbursement. The first phase of the FADR resulted in a full report, which laid out findings and recommendations for improving the Department’s ability to track and report foreign assistance data.
Phase Two of the FADR addresses these recommendations by exploring approaches to enable more accurate, streamlined, and standardized foreign assistance data across Department bureaus. Phase Two concluded in September 2016, producing an FADR Data Element Index (Index), which identifies 57 data elements that must be standardized and incorporated into the enterprise-wide data management systems. Phases Three and Four will identify system requirements and their associated costs and, provided resources are available, develop an integrated system solution to meet those requirements. The adoption and implementation of the Index and the completion of Phases Three and Four will lead to more consistent, robust, and readily available foreign assistance data for internal and external users.