Thursday, February 7, 2013

GAO on Cuba democracy programs

The Government Accountability office has just issued a report on Cuba democracy programs (pdf) operated by USAID and the State Department.  Its focus is on management and financial accounting as opposed to measuring impact and effectiveness in Cuba, and it finds that USAID’s controls are good while State’s are somewhat lacking.  It notes a shift away from grantees that focus solely on Cuba and toward organizations with a broader focus.  It mentions the Alan Gross case without using the word “satellite.”  It says that the Cuban government “routinely jams all external, non-Cuban broadcasts,” which is not true.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if some Congressional committee made a report of the objectives and modes of implementation of such programs instead of concentrating solely on supervising its accounting.

You can have a good accounting control of a program with irrational objectives or modes of implementation that go against stated the elected administration's policies.

I would like to have a congressional committee investigate the rationality behind the implementation of Alan Gross's program to create a mesh network in Cuba.