CRS on Foreign Aid Reform, National Strategy, and the QDDR

There’s this 16-page write up from the Congressional Research Service on foreign aid reform, national strategy and the QDDR:

“As of January 2010, reportedly, all working groups had submitted their interim reports and had their interim reports reviewed with the QDDR chairs and co-chairs. The working groups’ findings will be summarized in one interim report that is expected to be sent to the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) some time in April. The interim report will also be made available to the public. A final QDDR report is expected to be completed and released in September 2010. That may be too late for it to have an impact on the FY2011 budget and, with this year’s compressed congressional schedule because of mid-term elections, it is unlikely that any related authorizations will be passed by Congress this year. Some do, however, expect the QDDR to have an impact on the FY2012 budget and may require new statutory authorities to be passed by the 112th Congress.”

Read more on the CRS take via Secrecy News:

FY 2012 runs from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012. 2012 is not just the John Cusack movie, or the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mayan Long Count calendar, it is also a presidential election year.