Summary: S.1271 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (12/20/2013)

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013 - (Sec. 2) Directs the President to establish guidelines for the establishment of measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans for U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Requires: (1) each appropriate federal department or agency to begin using such guidelines within one year after their establishment, and (2) the President to submit a related report to Congress within 18 months.

States that the Secretary of State shall not be required to implement guidelines for certain security sector assistance programs to the extent that the President is already taking steps to implement measures with respect to similar security sector assistance.

Directs the Comptroller General (GAO) to submit related reports to Congress.

(Sec. 3) Directs the President to require the Secretary of State to revise the Department of State's Internet website,, to make publicly available comprehensive and accessible information on U.S. foreign assistance programs on a country-by-country and program-by program basis.

(Sec. 4) Expresses the sense of Congress that Congress shall take into account certain GAO reports required by this Act when making decisions regarding the appropriation of funds for each department or agency that administers U.S. foreign assistance.

(Sec. 5) Authorizes a department or agency to use up to 5% of its foreign development assistance funds for activities under this Act.