A Capitol Hill insider speaks out: "Maybe Jesse Helms was right," writes Diana Ohlbaum — a former senior professional staff member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee — in the first part of our series "Foreign aid effectiveness: A radical rethink." An unflinching look at USAID's troubled push for procurement reform and more accountability.

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  • Diana Ohlbaum

    Ohlbaum is an independent consultant, an executive committee member of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and a principal of Turner4D, a strategic communications firm. She has served as senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a senior professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a deputy director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Transition Initiatives.