A letter composed by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and signed by nine other members of Congress from both parties urged the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to complete its procurement reform process in a manner that ensures a fair and substantial proportion of awards and contracts made by USAID are awarded to small, U.S.-based, not-for-profit, and civil-society based organizations, including credit unions. The legislators delivered the letter the USAID Administrator Mark Green this week.
“The letter to Administrator Green shows that USAID can leverage the specialized expertise and long-term, sustainable relationships provided through credit unions that will only enhance the mission and goals of USAID,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle.
In addition to Sherman, the letter was signed by Reps. TJ Cox (D-Calif.), Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Eric Swallwell (D-Calif.), Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and John Curtis (R-Utah).
“On behalf of credit unions around the world and the 274 million members we represent, we thank Rep. Sherman for his leadership on this vitally important matter for credit unions,” said World Council of Credit Unions President/CEO Brian Branch. “We are grateful that a bipartisan group of House members believe USAID should make greater use of underutilized partners such as credit unions, that are uniquely situated to assist USAID in addressing the needs of aid recipients and addressing U.S. foreign policy concerns.”