REPORT TO THE CONGRESS: Suggestions for Changes in U.S. Funding and Management of Pacification and Development Programs in Vietnam
United States Government Accountability Office Washington United States
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During the massive buildup of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, particularly in 1965 and 1966, U.S. assistance programs for pacification and development were administered separately by several U.S. agencies. After trying several approaches for coordinated management under increasingly chaotic conditions, the Civil Operations for Rural Development Support CORDS organization was created in May 1967 to consolidate the administration of all U.S. support for pacification under a single-manager concept. It provided a single line for management coordination under the U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, and served well in the war environment within which it was created. The CORDS operation is unique. CORDS is not an independent agency but is an administrative device operating with resources and personnel from several agencies that was designed to meet the exigencies of the situation in 1967. It does not have responsibility for financial stewardship or financial reporting.
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