U.S. Foreign Assistance Website Consolidation

The U.S. government operates two websites that serve as repositories for foreign assistance data reported from the over 20 U.S. government agencies that manage foreign assistance programs around the world. The websites, ForeignAssistance.gov and Foreign Aid Explorer, are operated by the Department of State (State) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), respectively, and they each play important roles in advancing the accessibility and transparency of U.S. foreign assistance information for stakeholders.


Consolidation

To fully address the data differences and ensure the public has access to an authoritative source on foreign assistance funding, USAID and State are working together to execute a three-phase consolidation solution. The outcome is an aid transparency reporting and publication process that is sustainable, of high quality, and timely, and fulfills all domestic and international aid transparency requirements. Learn more about the consolidation by downloading our Fact Sheet. To visit Foreign Aid Explorer, click here or return to the ForeignAssistance.gov homepage.

WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EACH SITE?

FOREIGNASSISTANCE.GOVFOREIGN AID EXPLORER
Reporting FrequencyForeignAssistance.gov collects data quarterly and publishes on a continuous basis.Foreign Aid Explorer publishes data quarterly and visualizes annual datasets for the OECD/DAC and Overseas Loans and Grants (Greenbook) reports.
Data CollectedForeignAssistance.gov collects transaction-level obligation and disbursement data as reported by agencies quarterly; annual budget data; and program and results data and documentation.Foreign Aid Explorer makes available project-level obligation and disbursement data provided to fulfill the annual OECD/DAC and Greenbook reporting requirements.
Mandates AddressedForeignAssistance.gov publishes data as required by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Bulletin 12-01 and Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act and fulfills U.S. commitments to the International Aid Transparency Initiative.Foreign Aid Explorer visualizes data used for OECD/DAC and Greenbook reporting purposes as outlined by OMB Bulletin 12-01 and the Foreign Assistance Act.
Historical Data AvailabilityForeignAssistance.gov includes mostly complete data from agencies covering FY2015 to present, and limited data for some agencies from FY2006-FY2014. It focuses on continuous publication of agency-approved quarterly data.Foreign Aid Explorer has complete data from 1946 through 2018, with complete data published for 2019 and 2020 as the data is verified and validated.
MethodologyForeignAssistance.gov published data is generated, verified, and owned by the 22 agencies required to report per OMB Bulletin 12-01.Data published to Foreign Aid Explorer is reported by agencies through ForeignAssistance.gov quarterly data calls or through an annual data call, validated, and adapted prior to OECD/DAC and Greenbook report publication.