In wake of rescission battle, US aid community faces spending restrictions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo by: REUTERS / Erin Scott

WASHINGTON — While U.S. aid supporters recently managed to fend off another attempt by the White House Office of Management and Budget to rescind funding for global development programs, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department are still facing restrictions that limit the rate at which they can spend their money until the end of the current fiscal year.

Aid advocates have described a general state of confusion surrounding the funding restrictions, which they say have been difficult to parse, and some have worried that USAID programs might be cancelled as a result of having to align spending with OMB’s directive. The latest notice from OMB offers greater spending flexibility than a previous daily spending limit that had been in place, but has still raised concerns that members of the administration are using budgetary powers to take political swipes at U.S. development programs.

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    Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.