Foreign Assistance: USAID Needs to Improve Its Strategic Planning to Address Current and Future Workforce Needs
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The U.S. Agency for International Development USAID oversees U.S. foreign assistance programs in more than 100 countries. In 2003, GAO recommended that USAID develop a comprehensive workforce planning system to better identify its staffing needs and requirements. Key principles for effective strategic workforce planning are important to an agencys ability to carry out its mission. GAO examined 1 changes in USAIDs workforce and program funding since 2004, 2 the extent to which it has developed a strategic workforce plan, 3 the efforts it has taken to implement two key human capital initiatives, and 4 the challenges and constraints that affect its workforce planning and management. To conduct the work, GAO analyzed staffing and program funding data reviewed documentation related to the agencys workforce planning and interviewed officials in Washington, D.C., and at six overseas missions selected to obtain an appropriate mix of geographic coverage, programs, and workforce size and composition.
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