USAID Operating Expenses

$1.3 billion*

Minimum Requirement for American Leadership

USAID Operating Expenses is the operating foundation from which U.S. development and humanitarian assistance rises.

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Justification for Funding

  • Over the last decade, USAID has transformed into an evidence-based and results-oriented organization, setting a high standard for U.S. Government agencies on increasing effectiveness and efficiency and on striving to obtain the best results for the American taxpayer.
  • USAID has improved its analytical precision, transparency, internal learning, and decision-making mechanisms, and ability to leverage its resources through public-private and other partnerships to strengthen development and humanitarian programs.
  • Focusing on economic solutions and market-based approaches has helped communities to lift  themselves out of poverty, promote good governance, bring prosperity to the disadvantaged, and raise global health standards, as well as respond to global disasters.

Cost of Cuts Below $1.3 Billion

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  • Reductions in USAID staff between 1990 and 2008 contributed a notable decrease in USAID’s technical expertise and a significant outsourcing of much of the work that had previously been performed in-house.
  • The FY19 budget must sustain USAID staffing levels necessary to carry out humanitarian and development assistance programs effectively, provide the necessary oversight to carry billions in aid programming, as well as maintain the technical capacity to remain flexible in a changing global environment.


$1.4 billion*

Opportunity to Catalyze American Leadership


Justification for Additional Funding

Impact of 8% More Funding

USAID operating expenses help ensure U.S. taxpayer dollars are spent transparently, efficiently, and properly.

  • More recently, through much-needed increases in funds for operating expenses, USAID has made progress in restoring critical in-house expertise and capabilities, including its ability to design and implement intelligent development programming. It is vitally important that the agency receive appropriate levels of funding to continue to undertake these crucial reforms and to attract and retain top-tier talent.

*Enacted FY18 Omnibus Appropriation

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