A number of senior U.S. officials working on the ground in Haiti are seeking a single, comprehensive office to coordinate U.S. aid to Haiti, Politico’s Laura Rozen writes on her blog. Rozen quotes from a memo by two Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffers who were sent last week to assess U.S. relief and recovery operations in Haiti. According to Rozen, the staffers said that the office needs to be inclusive and must consider the expertise of all interest offices.
The two Senate staffers also noted in their report that coordination of U.S. operations on the ground is smooth. Meanwhile, they expressed concern over the coordination of aid in Washington. “It is much less clear who is in charge in Washington, D.C.,” Rozen quoted the Senate memo.