Lawmakers Defend USAID ‘Cuban Twitter’ Program

Program used front companies, offshore bank accounts to spread mass text messages
AP

Recent criticism of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) social media project in Cuba has put the future of vital democracy promotion programs in doubt, experts say.

Report: USAID Wasting Millions in Taxpayer Dollars in Afghanistan

SIGAR says lack of oversight has led to waste
Rajiv Shah, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development / AP

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has continued to provide millions of American taxpayer dollars to an Afghan government agency that has been repeatedly cited for fraud and abuse, according to a new report.

Afghan Reconstruction Watchdog Criticizes USAID

Org cites $70M in waste
AP

The U.S. government’s top oversight official in Afghanistan slammed America’s top taxpayer-funded aid group on Thursday for what it alleged is widespread cronyism and corruption that led to the waste of $70 million in Afghan reconstruction funds.

Gomer’s Games

Obama law school classmate, USAID general counsel caught in ethical scandal
WC

The federal official embroiled in a Justice Department investigation into contract rigging at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) received an ethics waiver from the Obama administration in 2009 and is the president’s former Harvard Law School classmate.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Palestinian

Palestinian Authority president stealing millions in aid, Middle East experts say

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has allegedly deposited nearly $13 million in U.S. taxpayer aid into a secret bank account, and routinely uses his political connections to profit from the stagnant peace process, according to testimony presented to Congress Tuesday by several Middle East experts.