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About ForeignAssistance.gov

ForeignAssistance.gov is the U.S. government’s primary tool for making U.S. foreign assistance data available to the public. It serves as the central repository for a range of budgetary and financial data produced by U.S. government agencies that manage foreign assistance portfolios. The website also includes associated strategies, evaluations, and results for U.S. foreign assistance programs.

ForeignAssistance.gov collects and posts this data as reported directly by U.S. government agencies that manage foreign assistance programs. To standardize information across the U.S. government, the agencies report their data according to the internationally comparable standard produced by the International Aid Transparency Initiative, to which the United States is a signatory.

ForeignAssistance.gov's purpose is to make foreign assistance data transparent and accessible and to provide accountability to the public. Click below to explore:

  • Transparency

    ForeignAssistance.gov serves as a tool to make U.S. foreign assistance more transparent to the public. The website publishes data in accordance with open data and transparency requirements codified in and required by the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016, the Office of Management and Budget Bulletin 12-01 and Memorandum 18-04, and international commitments to publish to the International Aid Transparency Initiative.

  • Accessibility

    ForeignAssistance.gov is a one-stop-shop for U.S. foreign assistance data across the U.S. government and standardizes information in a uniform, comparable, and machine-readable format. It brings together a wide range of foreign assistance data produced by U.S. government agencies that manage foreign assistance portfolios, and continuously updates its database as new data becomes available and additional agencies report data to ForeignAssistance.gov. Users can view data updates on the What’s New page.

  • Accountability

    ForeignAssistance.gov provides the public with a resource for understanding whether the U.S. government is maximizing its use of taxpayer dollars and how they are spent around the world. ForeignAssistance.gov supplies the public with unvarnished foreign assistance data so they can understand U.S. foreign policy objectives.

ForeignAssistance.gov's purpose is to make foreign assistance data transparent and accessible and to provide accountability to the public. Click below to explore:

  • Data in Context

    ForeignAssistance.gov both furnishes foreign assistance data and explains what this data means to make it more accessible to users. The site maps U.S. foreign assistance to the specific countries it supports, aligns it to programmatic categories, and matches it to the responsible government agencies. The site also explains to visitors what each foreign assistance category entails, how each agency supports broader foreign assistance objectives, and how the U.S. government advances its interests in each country. Explore foreign assistance Categories!

  • Data on Demand

    ForeignAssistance.gov publishes newly-collected and newly-updated foreign assistance data in recurring 2-3 week update cycles. The ongoing collection and publication of data enable visitors to stay updated and informed on U.S. foreign assistance in real-time. The usefulness of the datasets improves as it becomes increasingly available. See What’s New!

  • Data for Analysis

    ForeignAssistance.gov expands data offerings beyond its core budgetary and financial data. The site links to the World Bank development indicators and posts U.S. foreign assistance performance metrics from the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development. These additional data offerings allow visitors to better understand how U.S. foreign assistance programs, strategies, and evaluations are moving the needle in accomplishing key foreign policy objectives. Explore Analyze!

ForeignAssistance.gov Timeline and Milestones

Explore below to learn more about how U.S. foreign assistance and ForeignAssistance.gov have changed over the years.

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March 2, 2005

Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness creates an action-oriented roadmap to improve the quality of aid as a development mechanism. ForeignAssistance.gov is conceptualized in response to the principles of the Paris Declaration.

September 4, 2008

Accra Agenda for Action assesses progress and sets the agenda for accelerated advancement towards the Paris Declaration targets.

December 2010

ForeignAssistance.gov launches to track U.S. government foreign assistance investments in an accessible and user-friendly format.

March 2011

The United States becomes a signatory to the International Aid Transparency Initiative, a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative to make information about aid spending easier to access, use, and understand.

December 2011

Millennium Challenge Corporation becomes first reporting agency to publish data to ForeignAssistance.gov.

June 2012

U.S. Agency for International Development begins to publish data to ForeignAssistance.gov.

September 2012

Office of Management and Budget issues Bulletin 12-01, outlining guidance on reporting standards for U.S. foreign assistance data. Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources at U.S. Department of State is assigned responsibility for publishing data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative Registry on behalf of the U.S. government.

2013

Five new agencies begin to publish data to ForeignAssistance.gov: U.S. Department of the Treasury (May), U.S. Department of Defense (May), African Development Foundation (October), Peace Corps (December), and Inter-American Foundation (December).

2014

Three new agencies begin to publish data to ForeignAssistance.gov: U.S. Department of Agriculture (May), U.S. Department of State (June), and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (September).

2014

ForeignAssistance.gov begins publishing descriptive activity data for U.S. Department of State awards.

June 2015

ForeignAssistance.gov undergoes its first user interface redesign after five years. The redesign introduces a more intuitive layout, makes data more accessible to users, and allows for deeper data analysis.

2015

ForeignAssistance.gov begins publishing performance progress report data for U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development awards.

July 2016

The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016 is signed into law. It mandates agencies report their obligations and expenditures to ForeignAssistance.gov on a quarterly basis. It also requires agencies post links to foreign assistance strategies and evaluations on ForeignAssistance.gov.

2017

Eight new agencies begin to publish data to ForeignAssistance.gov: U.S. Department of the Interior (January 2017), U.S. Department of Labor (January), Overseas Private Investment Corporation (January), U.S. Department of Justice (January), U.S. Department of Transportation (January), Export-Import Bank of the United States (June), U.S. Department of Energy (June), and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (July).

June 2017

ForeignAssistance.gov launches Analyze, a tool that empowers users to visualize ForeignAssistance.gov data and third-party datasets.

December 2018

ForeignAssistance.gov re-visualizes budget planning data to provide users with greater specificity and clarity of funds throughout the federal budget cycle.

July 2018

U.S. Department of Commerce begins to publish data to ForeignAssistance.gov.

March 2019

U.S. Trade and Development Agency begins to publish data to ForeignAssistance.gov.

June 2019

ForeignAssistance.gov launches a data availability visualization to enable users to track data availability and agency reporting by fiscal quarter from FY2015 onward.

July 2019

Environmental Protection Agency begins to publish data to ForeignAssistance.gov.

December 2019

ForeignAssistance.gov enhances its Award Table display on all Country, Category, and Agency pages, visualizing a greater subset of data on the site and linking awards to relevant agency planning documents.

March 2020

ForeignAssistance.gov expands its menu of download options by adding the Custom Data Query Tool, allowing users to curate datasets before downloading them.

June 2020

Federal Trade Commission begins to publish data for ForeignAssistance.gov.

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