Food Assistance Regulations and Guidance

These documents provide the political, legal, and procedural framework for food assistance operations.

  • Global Food Security Reauthorization Act - The 1961 Foreign Assistance Act, subsequently amended over the years, promotes “the foreign policy, security and general welfare of the United States by assisting peoples of the world in their efforts towards economic development and internal and external security, and for other purposes." The 2016 Global Food Security Act (GFSA) reinforced the federal government’s successful inter-agency approach to increasing food security and nutrition through the Feed the Future initiative. It amended the Foreign Assistance Act to codify funding for both USAID’s agricultural development assistance and International Disaster Assistance funds. The GFSA Act was reauthorized in 2018 for another five years.
  • Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Fiscal Year 2018 Farm Bill) - Reauthorized every five years, the primary mechanism of U.S. international food assistance is the Food for Peace Act. This authorizing legislation, which is part of the 2018 Farm Bill, governs all aspects of FFP’s Title II programming and operations.
     
  • USAID 22 C.F.R. 211 (USAID Regulation 11) - “Transfer of Food Commodities for Food Use in Disaster Relief, Economic Development, and Other Assistance,” provides the standard terms and conditions applicable to Title II programs, except those conducted by agencies of the United Nations, including the UN World Food Program.
     
  • USAID 22 C.F.R. 216 - "Environmental Procedures" ensures environmental factors and values are integrated into the USAID decision making process. These procedures also assign responsibility within USAID for assessing the environmental effects of USAID actions. These procedures are consistent with Executive Order 12114, issued January 4, 1979, entitled Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions, and the purposes of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.) (NEPA). They are intended to implement the requirements of NEPA as they affect the USAID program.
     
  • USAID ADS Chapter 303 - “Awards and Cooperative Agreements to Non-Governmental Organizations" contains the USAID’s internal guidance, policies and standards for the award and administration of USAID awards to institutions of higher education, hospitals, other non-profit, non-governmental organizations, and commercial organizations. ADS Chapter 303 also interprets sections of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-110.
     
  • USAID ADS Chapter 591 - “Financial Audits of USAID Contractors, Grantees, and Host Government Entities” is to provide the policy directives and required procedures for planning and conducting financial audits of USAID-funded awardees, including host country governments.
     
  • OMB Circular A-110 - relocated to 2 C.F.R. 215: “Uniform Administrative Requirements for Awards and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations” sets forth standards for obtaining consistency and uniformity among federal agencies in the administration of awards to and agreements with institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit organizations.
     
  • OMB Circular A-122 - Relocated to 2 C.F.R. 230 “Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations” establishes principles for determining costs of awards, contracts, and other agreements with non-profit organizations.
     
  • OMB Circular A-133 - “Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations” sets forth standards for obtaining consistency and uniformity among federal agencies for the audit of states, local governments, and non-profit organizations implementing federal awards. 
     

Last updated: February 20, 2019

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