Sending Office: Honorable Brad Sherman
Sent By:
Caroline.Vesey@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Dear Colleague:

I am writing to request your signature on the attached letter to the Honorable Mark Green, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), urging the Agency to complete its procurement reform process in a manner that ensures that
a fair and substantial proportion of awards and contracts made by USAID are awarded to small, U.S.-based not-for-profit and civil-society based organizations, including credit union organizations. 

In recent years, USAID direct funding has gone to a relatively small number of large USAID contracts and awards in the tens of millions of dollars, to an increasingly small circle of large, for-profit contractors. A successful procurement reform by USAID
will refocus this distribution to more effectively leverage the specialized expertise and long-term and sustainable relationships of small, and not-for-profit organizations.

The U.S.-led global credit union system, with its citizen-based, community-rooted network is uniquely situated to assist USAID in addressing the needs of aid recipients and U.S. foreign policy concerns. The international credit union system extends its global
leadership through a network of 89,000 credit unions serving 260 million members in 117 countries, many of which are prioritized by USAID.  The network delivers private assistance and training through 70,000 volunteers and 300,000 employees at community-owned
credit unions.

If given the opportunity, credit union organizations can compete for and successfully implement USAID awards. Involving credit union organizations and other smaller, not-for-profits in our foreign aid programs will better serve foreign aid recipients, the
taxpayer, and our foreign policy goals.

For more information of if you would like to co-sign the letter, please contact Caroline Vesey of my staff at ext. 5-5911 or
caroline.vesey@mail.house.gov

 

Sincerely,

 

BRAD SHERMAN

Member of Congress

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October xx, 2019  

The Honorable Mark Green
Administrator
U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Re:  USAID Procurement Reform

Dear Ambassador Green:

Thank you for your efforts to reform USAID’s procurement process and diversify its partner base.  We are writing to urge you to ensure that the Agency will use a fair and substantial number of small, U.S.-based not-for-profit and civil society partners,
such as U.S. credit union organizations, in furtherance of U.S. foreign policy and assistance mission.

The U.S.-led global credit union system, with its citizen-based, community-rooted network is uniquely situated to assist USAID in addressing the needs of aid recipients and US foreign policy concerns. The international credit union system extends its global
leadership through a network of 89,000 credit unions serving 260 million members in 117 countries, many of which are prioritized by USAID.  The network delivers private assistance and training through 70,000 volunteers and 300,000 employees at United States
local, community-owned credit unions. 

This network addresses the root drivers of instability worldwide by supporting food security, settling refugees into communities, and addressing the conditions that drive the migration of refugees, such as civil conflict and poverty. Those communities often
turn to their credit unions to mitigate their respective challenges.  U.S. credit unions can play a critical role in assisting these institutions to meet the needs of their communities.      

In recent years, USAID’s direct funding to contracts and awards in tens of millions of dollars have gone to an increasingly small circle of large, for-profit contractors.  We urge you to ensure that a fair and substantial proportion of the total awards and
contracts made by USAID are awarded to small, U.S.-based not-for-profit and civil-society based organizations such as credit union organizations.  

Such U.S. partners have successfully executed USAID projects in the past with lasting impact.  Providing opportunities for small, U.S.-based credit unions, cooperatives and not-for-profit organizations would make U.S. foreign assistance programs more effective
in applying the specialized expertise and in leveraging the long-term, local and sustainable relationships of these U.S. civil society organizations.  More importantly, it will help capitalize on the outstanding efforts and results already obtained by USAID.

As such, it is imperative that USAID procurement reforms result in more competitions, platforms and services that include U.S. civil society partners and make it easier for partnerships with credit union organizations. We respectfully request your support
for ensuring the participation of these organizations.

Sincerely,

 

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