In the U.S., Humentum focuses on advocacy with the US Government. Starting in the 1990s, Humentum's predecessor organization, InsideNGO, established itself as the authoritative voice on management- and compliance-related issues affecting organizations implementing U.S. federal government programs outside the U.S. At the same time, key opportunities for input on U.S. federal policies became available, and InsideNGO’s initial advocacy activities took advantage of them to react to U.S. government regulatory initiatives as they were proposed.
By 2005, InsideNGO initiated proactive steps aimed at bringing problematic policies to the attention of U.S. government officials and suggesting improvements and recommendations to fill in key policy gaps or reflect the reality of implementing relief and development projects in challenging places around the globe. Over the years, we have engaged a number of agencies and organizations, including:
- U.S. Congress and its audit and investigative arm, the Government Accountability Office (GAO)
- U.S. government executive branch agencies, including:
- Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
- Department of State
- Department of Health and Human Services
- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Private accounting and auditing standards-setting organizations such as the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Today, Humentum’s regulatory advocacy efforts are supported by a Government Relations Committee consisting of respected leaders in the NGO community who contribute to meetings, training opportunities, and written comment letters submitted to USAID and other USG agencies.