USAID issues awards only to “presently responsible” organizations—ones that have adequate internal controls, can safeguard and responsibly manage U.S. funds, and can maintain compliance with Agency and award requirements. Federal Acquisition Regulation 9.103 states: “No purchase or award shall be made unless the contracting officer makes an affirmative determination of responsibility.” In addition, partners must be able to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and award conditions. (Note that “presently responsible” also applies to individual employees of a USAID partner or prospective partner.)