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-03/31/10   Embassy Amman, Jordan (ISP-I-10-35A) March 2010  [511 Kb]
+ http://oig.state.gov/documents/organization/140644.pdf
In 2008, the Embassy implemented a policy of “move for preference.” In accordance with its housing handbook, this policy allows an employee “to change assigned residences at personal expense for reasons that do not meet the criteria of a government-sponsored move.” It is intended to enhance employee morale and is neither a petition nor an appeal, the only options 15 FAM 212.4 provides as mechanisms to request housing changes. Essentially, this policy accepts the subjective criterion of an employee’s happiness as justification for requesting and receiving permission to change residences. Thus, Embassy Amman’s application of the policy does not conform to the letter or intent of 15 FAM 212.4. Recommendation 25: Embassy Amman should structure its “move for preference” housing policy to conform to the Department of State regulations on the petitions and appeals process. (Action: Embassy Amman)

-03/31/10   Embassy Skopje, Macedonia (ISP-I-10-37A) March 2010  [388 Kb]
+ http://oig.state.gov/documents/organization/140645.pdf
Embassy Skopje and its Ambassador provide an unusual high-profi le leader­ship and authority to solving problems and dampening crises in a region of major importance to the United States.  Overall, morale is good. It stems from a congenial atmosphere in the workplace, from good and compassionate leadership, and from responsive management. The April move to the new embassy compound was accomplished with minimum disruption. Department of State-U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) management platforms have been consolidated, and agreement has been reached with Embassy Pristina to share its health practitioner. All are major accomplishments.


Reports from USAID/OIG:


Audit of USAID’s Internally Displaced Persons Activities in Iraq

+ http://www.usaid.gov/oig/public/fy10rpts/e-267-10-001-p.pdf

Audit of USAID/Afghanistan’s Human Resources and Logistical Support Program
+ http://www.usaid.gov/oig/public/fy10rpts/5-306-10-007-p.pdf

Reports from the Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Operation Iraqi Freedom: Actions Needed to Facilitate the Efficient Drawdown of U.S. Forces and Equipment from Iraq | GAO-10-376, April 19, 2010
+ http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10376.pdf

Combating Terrorism: Planning and Documentation of U.S. Development Assistance in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas Need to Be Improved | GAO-10-289, April 15, 2010
+ http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10289.pdf

Iraq and Afghanistan: Agencies Face Challenges in Tracking Contracts, Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Associated Personnel | GAO-10-509T  March 23, 2010
+ http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10509t.pdf

Global Food Security: Progress toward a U.S. Government-wide Strategy Is Under Way, but Approach Has Several Vulnerabilities | GAO-10-494T  March 11, 2010
+ http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10494t.pdf

 

 

 

 

 


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