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Friday, January 2, 2009

U.S. Agency for International Development’s Partner Vetting System

A final rule (PDF, 76KB) on USAID’s Partner Vetting System (PVS) was published January 2, in the Federal Register.

The PVS rule requires recipients of USAID funds to collect and submit personal information on its principal officers that government personnel could use for security screening. When the rule was first proposed in 2007, EngenderHealth, along with other organizations, voiced concerns over the requirement, which violates civil rights protected by the Privacy Act of 1974 and could jeopardize the safety of employees working in developing countries.

The rule goes into effect 30 days from the date of publication, and it will be up to the incoming Obama administration to decide whether it wants to implement the PVS. We will continue to keep you informed on the latest developments regarding this rule.

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