USAID Pilot Partner Vetting System

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is implementing a pilot Partner Vetting System (PVS) for USAID assistance and acquisition awards. The purpose of the PVS is to mitigate the risk that funds and other resources inadvertently benefit individuals or entities that are terrorists, supporters of terrorists, or affiliated with terrorists.

The pilot program will be limited to five countries: Guatemala, Kenya, Lebanon, the Philippines, and Ukraine. However, USAID will have legal authority to conduct vetting outside of the PVS pilot countries where a risk assessment indicates a high-risk environment, like Afghanistan.

When USAID determines that an award is to be subject to vetting, the applicant will be required to submit the USAID Partner Information Form (USAID Form 500-13) for key individuals, subrecipients, and contractors. If prospective recipients are determined to be ineligible, they may request, within seven calendar days after the date of the vetting official’s notification, that USAID reconsider the vetting determination. The request should include any written explanation, legal documentation, and other relevant written material for reconsideration.

The Final rule will be effective July 27, 2015, and will be applicable only to awards made after that date. (80 Fed. Reg. 36693–36707; June 26, 2015)