A beneficiary of a USAID-supported project in Afghanistan. Photo by: U.S. Embassy in Kabul / CC BY-ND

CANBERRA — The U.S. government shutdown earlier this year impacted timelines and schedules of business opportunities, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development in its second quarter business forecast call on March 21. In building back to business as usual, it is prioritizing “the most immediate needs.”

“There is clearly robust activities going forward since that time, and we expect continual increases to workload and updating opportunities,” USAID explained in its Q&A document. “In addition to prioritizing immediate funding needs and administrative approvals, there has been a good number of upcoming competitive actions moving through the SOAR [“Senior Obligation Alignment Review”] review process over the last several weeks,” the Q&A document continued. Formerly known as the “Acquisition and Assistance, Review and Approval Document,” SOAR provides the guidelines and approval process for planned awards at or above $25 million in total estimated cost.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.