Congress provided the mandate for the Coordinator to exercise oversight over all U.S. government foreign assistance to Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia, including:
- Designing overall foreign assistance strategies.
- Ensuring program and policy coordination within the U.S. government.
- Ensuring proper management, implementation, and oversight of foreign assistance programs.
- Resolving policy and program disputes among U.S. government agencies.
- Ensuring coordination of foreign assistance activities with other countries and international organizations.
Consistent with its Congressional mandate, EUR/ACE carries out five primary functions in collaboration with U.S. embassies, State Department bureaus, and other U.S. government agencies:
- Strategic Coordination: Real time link between programs and policy through interagency strategic reviews and by providing policy guidance to U.S. government leaders.
- Budgeting: Management of annual foreign assistance budget processes, giving embassies a strong voice and inviting input and expertise from across the U.S. government.
- Programmatic Coordination: Mediation of conflicts between assistance managers, information sharing, and coordination with international donors.
- A One-Stop Shop: Up-to-date and comprehensive budget and program information to Congress, senior State Department officials, and other stakeholders.
- Monitoring and Evaluation: Oversight to monitor the effectiveness of U.S. assistance in the region in support of U.S. foreign policy priorities.
The unique model of assistance coordination that EUR/ACE has developed to carry out the Coordinator’s authorities has a number of benefits, including:
- Whole-of-government approach to assistance planning and resource allocation that achieves a balance between Washington and field perspectives.
- Real-time link between assistance and foreign policy priorities.
- Balance between short-term political and long-term development perspectives.
- “Honest-broker” position within the interagency, capable of mediating disagreements between U.S. government assistance managers, while keeping focus on U.S. strategic objectives in the region.