This is an average of the three domain scores below.
The White House received a 69 (D+) with transparency and a 73 (C) without transparency in 2018. This is due to the fact that the grades for both Family Planning and Maternal and Child Health were low because insufficient funds were requested for both programs in the FY 2019 budget request. The White House’s grade increased in the HIV and AIDS domain because the President signed the reauthorization of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and requested sufficient funds for HIV and AIDS in the FY 2019 budget request. Budgetary information for the White House was difficult to find, which led to a low transparency score across domains.
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The White House received an 87 (B+) with transparency and a 92 (A-) without transparency for HIV and AIDS because it signed into law two HIV and AIDS-related pieces of legislation in 2018. Neither policy hindered the ability of U.S. global health assistance to support comprehensive HIV and AIDS programs globally that are based in evidence and human rights principles. However, both policies had the potential to include gender transformative language, but did not. The White House budget within this domain received a high score because the budget request included adequate funding for PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Similar to other domains, the transparency score for the White House under HIV and AIDS was low due to difficulty accessing budgetary information and the inability to search White House policies by criteria that had been previously available.
The White House received a 63 (D) with transparency and a 68 (D+) without transparency for Maternal and Child Health in 2018 because the President’s FY 2019 budget did not allocate funds for UNICEF or for UNIFEM (now UN Women). The White House also did not issue any maternal and child health-related executive actions or sign any maternal and child health-related legislation in 2018. Similar to other domains, the transparency score for the White House under the Maternal and Child Health domain was low due to difficulty accessing funding information and the inability to search White House policies by criteria that had been previously available. The low transparency score in this domain, in combination with the lack of funds requested for UNICEF and UNIFEM in the President’s FY 2019 budget request, led to this low score.
The White House received a 54 (F) with transparency and a 59 (F) without transparency in Family Planning in 2018. In the FY 2019 budget request, the White House did not request any funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and zeroed out all family planning funds for USAID. These budgetary determinations significantly hindered the ability of U.S. global health assistance to support comprehensive family planning programs. The White House did not issue any executive orders or presidential memoranda related to family planning nor did it sign any family planning policies into law in 2018. The transparency score for the White House is low for family planning due to the difficulty accessing budgetary and policy information.