AidWatch received the following statement from CARE regarding Till Bruckner's AidWatch post on USAID and NGO transparency:
Statement from CARE (Aug. 30, 2010):
Contrary to what Till Bruckner suggested in a recent blog, CARE did not withhold information in response to his FOIA request to USAID regarding certain projects in the Republic of Georgia. Our records indicate that CARE never received the request from USAID to review CARE’s budget information before USAID provided it to Mr. Bruckner. USAID’s email request to CARE went to two inoperative emails; one was for a former employee and one went to a current employee, but the email address was incorrect. As a result, the CARE document that USAID sent to Mr. Bruckner was redacted without CARE’s knowledge.
We have since reviewed the document and will ask USAID to produce it in full without any redactions, including our indirect cost rate, which was the primary information that had been withheld.