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This National Public Radio piece outlines some objections by retired senior U.S. military officials to cuts to diplomatic and development funding in the proposed 2020 U.S. Government Budget.


  • Re: Retired Military Officers Urge Caution In Proposed Diplomatic Spending Cuts

    by » one year ago

    An interesting sidelight to this in the budget submission is that it proposes moving the functions of State's refugee relief bureau to USAID.  This is a reversal of the trend over the past several years to gradually fold USAID functions into State.  Some of those, like USAID policy, have gravitated back to USAID, but USAID's financial management is still in State.  When I was in USAID, we had to coordinate extensively with State's refugee bureau, which had significant funding for food for refugees.  It is long overdue to combine these functions (USAID runs Food for Peace), although today's contentiousness between the Hill and the Administration will complicate the deliberations.  

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