Dear Partners,

It is with great pleasure to share with you our FY 2022 Annual Progress Report. This report represents the dedicated efforts of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) acquisition and assistance (A&A) workforce, working worldwide to support USAID’s Mission, as well as that of our implementing partners.

In FY 2022, the Agency processed a record number of A&A obligations, with $36.4 billion obligated through more than 22,000 A&A actions. This was a $9.5 billion increase from FY 2021, which was in large part to USAID’s response in Ukraine and other humanitarian efforts, along with our continued commitment to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. I am pleased that our team was once again able to exceed the Agency’s goals related to Category Management and U.S. Small Business utilization.

Our team has been working diligently this past year to update the Agency’s Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) Strategy, which guides USAID’s overall partnership approach. This document has been refreshed, utilizing feedback from more than 500 key USAID stakeholders, including A&A professionals and Contracting/Agreement Officer Representatives (CORs/AORs), as well as USAID partners and partner associations. We hope you find the refresh A&A Strategy to be helpful to you as we work together to support the Agency’s overall mission.

Staffing continues to be a major priority for our office. We have identified changes that need to be made to better position the Agency to partner with new organizations. As outlined in the refreshed A&A Strategy, our office will be focusing on hiring, retaining, and developing opportunities for all A&A professionals around the world. To-date, USAID has hired 182 of the 195 Agency’s currently authorized Contracting Officer positions, with approximately 132 currently holding warrants.

Our worldwide A&A workforce is actively supporting localization, one of USAID’s key initiatives. We are working to lower barriers and reduce challenges that local entities have historically and continue to face when partnering with USAID. celebrated its one year anniversary in November 2022. The free, USAID-funded platform empowers partners with the knowledge and networks they need to navigate the USAID partnership process. Since launch, more than 3,200 organizations have registered in the Partner Directory. Our team is continuously working to add new features to this resource hub. We encourage all partners to visit this robust platform to connect with others in the international development community.

I would like to give my deepest appreciation to all of our partners, A&A workforce, and the Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA) leadership team – Shirley Baldwin, Deb Broderick, and Michael Ashkouri. Thank you for making this a wonderful year. I look forward to all of the progress we will make in the next fiscal year.


Many thanks,

Mark Walther

Director, Office of Acquisition and Assistance


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