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Spared by the Sequester: $20 Million to Help the Palestinian Authority



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Another chunk of federal spending that the sequester missed: A $20.4 million contract to to help out the Palestinian Authority.

The contract’s description:

The overall goal of the program is to build more effective and competent Palestinian Authority (PA) public institutions that are accountable to the public and respond to citizens’ needs. The objectives of this activity are to support the Palestinian Authority (PA) public sector reform efforts by assisting the PA to strengthen the operational and management capability of key ministries and public sector institutions to govern more effectively; improve mechanisms of service provision; strengthen legal and policy formulation processes; enhance the performance of targeted PA institutions, and bolster accountability and oversight mechanisms. This program will support key elements of the PA’s reform and development agenda.

The contract, to Development Alternatives, Inc., was awarded March 4, several days after the sequester began.

Just think, with this $20,451,849, you could keep the White House tours going for two decades.

Above: In this Reuters photo, we see the cheery, warm, and friendly Palestinians, expressing their appreciation for the $4 billion in assistance the U.S. government has sent them since the mid-1990s.


Tags: Foreign Aid , Palestinian Authority , Campaign Advertising


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