The U.S. has long provided the Cuban people with alternative sources of news and information. As part of this effort, in Dec. 2006 the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) awarded sole-source contracts to two Miami radio and TV stations -- Radio Mambi and TV Azteca -- to provide additional broadcasting options. Additionally, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) annually awards millions of dollars in contracts for talent services -- writers, reporters, and technical support -- needed to produce and broadcast news and entertainment programming. This report evaluates the processes used to award: (1) the Radio Mambi and TV Azteca broadcasting contracts; and (2) talent services contracts. Includes recommendations. Charts and tables.
Competition is a critical tool for achieving the best return on the government's investment. While federal agencies are generally required to award contracts on the basis of full and open competition, they are permitted to award non-competitive contracts in certain situations. Agencies are also required to establish competition advocates to promote competition. This report assessed: (1) trends in non-competitive contracts and those receiving only one offer when competed; (2) exceptions to and factors affecting competition; (3) whether contracting approaches reflected sound procurement practices; and (4) how agencies are instituting the competition advocate role. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand publication.
HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where more than 2/3 of the people who are infected with HIV live. The Agency for Internat. Develop. (USAID) allocated a 54% increase in funding, from $114 mill. to $174 mill., for FY'01 to expand its HIV/AIDS efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. This report: identifies the develop. & impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in SSA & the challenges to slowing its spread; assesses the extent to which the USAID's initiatives have contributed to the fight against AIDS in SSA; & identifies the approach that the agency used to allocate increased funding & the factors that may affect the agency's ability to expand its HIV/AIDS program in SSA.