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Thursday, June 22, 2017

ICGFM DC Forum Luncheon, September 6, 2017 - Syria Humanitarian Assistance: Steps Taken By U.S. Agencies to Ensure Financial Oversight

Syria Humanitarian Assistance: Steps Taken By U.S. Agencies to Ensure Financial Oversight

ICGFM DC Forum Luncheon
September 6, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30pm

Our Speakers:


Thomas Melito
International Affairs and Trade
U.S. Government Accountability Office


Elizabeth Repko
Assistant Director,
International Affairs and Trade
 U.S. Government Accountability Office

The ongoing conflict in Syria has created a complex humanitarian crisis. The United Nations estimates that approximately 13.5 million people in the country are in need of humanitarian assistance. The United States, through the Department of State (State) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided over $6.5 billion to fund humanitarian assistance efforts to support people affected by the crisis in Syria, about half of which supports those inside the country. The presentation will discuss GAO examination of the efforts of U.S. agencies to ensure financial oversight of humanitarian assistance provided to support people inside Syria, including the factors affecting delivery of such assistance and the extent to which State, USAID, and their implementing partners have assessed risks and implemented financial controls.
 Our Speakers:

 Dr. Thomas Melito is a director in the International Affairs and Trade Team, having spent more than 28 years at GAO. In this capacity, he is primarily responsible for GAO’s international food aid and multilateral assistance portfolio.  Dr. Melito also shares the security assistance portfolio, focusing on work related to international sanctions and WMD proliferation. Under Dr. Melito’s leadership:
  • GAO has produced a series of reports examining multiple aspects of the U.S. international food assistance including monetization, internal controls at the UN World Food Program and the effectiveness of cash-based food. 
  • Completed several reviews of management issues at the United Nations including two examinations of the compensation of UN employees and multiple reviews on oversight of the renovation of the UN headquarters buildings.
  • A series of reports examining the implementation of U.S. and multilateral sanctions against both Iran and North Korea.

    Dr. Melito holds an MA and PhD in economics from Columbia University and a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.
Elizabeth Repko is an Assistant Director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and has spent the last 12 years working on international affairs issues. As an Assistant Director, Ms. Repko has worked on a range of issues including: 
  • U.S. efforts to provide oversight of assistance provided by multilateral institutions, including the United Nations and its funds and programs
  • U.S. counterterrorism activities, such as those to address terrorist safe havens and to designate foreign terrorist organizations
  • U.S. and multilateral efforts to reconstruct Afghanistan, including training and equipping security forces and countering the production and trafficking of narcotics.

    Ms. Repko holds a BA in international relations from Michigan State University and a MPP and MS from the University of Michigan.
A Three Course, Served Luncheon is included:
Price:  Member - $35,  Non-Member - $37.50

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Time:  12:00-1:30pm

Thursday, March 2, 2017

ICGFM DC Forum, April 5, 2017 - US GAO Foreign Assistance Evaluation Report

April 5, 2017

US GAO Foreign Assistance Evaluation Report

International Consortium On Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM)
DC Forum Luncheon

Our Speaker:
Gergana Danailova-Trainor
Senior Economist
Government Accountability Office

In 2016, the GAO released its latest in a series of reports on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of foreign assistance programs.  The report a meta evaluation conducted by the GAO of completed evaluations in fiscal year 2015 by the leading foreign assistance agencies.  The GAO’s report examines:  (1) the extent to which foreign assistance program evaluations met key evaluation quality criteria; (2) the costs of the agencies’ evaluations and factors that affect these costs; and (3) the extent to which the agencies ensure the dissemination of evaluation reports within the agency and to the public.

Our Speaker:
Gergana Danailova-Trainor has been a Senior Economist with the US Government Accountability Office since September 2005.  Ms. Danailova-Trainor has provided technical expertise and has led teams in International Affairs and Trade (IAT) in assessing the performance of programs and the effects of policies implemented by U.S. government agencies. She has developed proposals, contributed her analytical expertise to the design and implementation of GAO audits, and has worked on multiple engagements in most major IAT portfolio areas including:  international security; foreign assistance; international trade; human rights; international sanctions; and foreign affairs management.

Prior to joining GAO, Ms. Danailova-Trainor was an Assistant Professor at the City College of New York and conducted research as a principal investigator researching Bulgarian women in transition to market economy and EU enlargement, and women entrepreneurs and workers in the apparel industry in Bulgaria.  Ms. Danailova-Trainor was also a researcher, teaching assistant and instructor at Johns Hopkins University, Wayne State University and the College of Notre Dame.

A Three Course, Served Luncheon is included
Price:               Member - $35,  Non-Member - $37.50

Location:          Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
                        1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
                        Washington, DC 20036

Time:               12:00-1:30pm

Sponsored by:  


Thursday, October 20, 2016

ICGFM DC Forum Luncheon, March 1, 2017 - The Fiscal Transparency & Innovation Fund

The Fiscal Transparency & Innovation Fund
DC Forum Luncheon
March 1, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


Our Speaker: 

Lisa J. Kubiske
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance & Development 
Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

The Department and USAID created the Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund (FTIF) in FY 2012. FTIF supports programs and activities that assist governments to improve their public financial management and fiscal transparency standards, and civil society organizations that promote budget transparency. The Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment solicit proposals and award funds in accordance with established guidelines.

Our Speaker:
A United States diplomat with experience in Latin America, China/Hong Kong, and Washington D.C., Kubiske served as the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras (2011-2014), Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazil (2008-2011) and Deputy Chief of Mission in the Dominican Republic (2003-2006).

Earlier assignments include service as the Western Hemisphere Economics Director at the State Department; Officer in the State Department's Operations Center and Secretariat Staff; Investment Director and Negotiator at the United States Trade Representative's Office (USTR); chief of the Economic-Political Section at the United States Consulate General in Hong Kong; and additional work in Shanghai, China and in Mexico, DF, Mexico.

She was awarded the State Department's highest honor, a Valor Award, for her coordination of U.S. search teams following the major Mexican earthquakes of September 1985. She has earned other awards as well, including a Superior Honor Award for her work as DCM in Santo Domingo and, most recently, Superior Honor awards for her participation in the public outreach campaign on behalf of the United States-Peru Free Trade Agreement and her efforts on behalf of the United States-Brazil biofuels cooperation.  Ms. Kubiske holds a Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University and a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree from Georgetown University.

A Three Course, Served Luncheon is included

Price:               Member - $35,  Non-Member - $37.50

Location:  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Time:  12:00-1:30pm

Sponsored By:
 Graduate School USA