Reimbursable Technical Assistance
Almost from its inception, Reclamation has been active internationally. It has long made available its expertise in water resources through specially designed reimbursable technical assistance and training programs. These programs are available either at Reclamation facilities in the U.S. or in other countries at a counterpart governmental water resource agency facility. Programs may entail the assignment of Reclamation experts overseas on long-term details (usually two years), on a short-term basis, or a combination of both. Each technical assistance program is designed to address the specific needs of the requesting agency, and technology transfer and capacity building are routinely integrated into each program. All costs associated with technical assistance programs are fully reimbursable to Reclamation.
The Secretary of the Interior has the responsibility for administering the territories and commonwealths of the U.S., and Reclamation, through its International Affairs Program, has long provided technical assistance and training to these areas. In addition to ongoing long-term technical assistance programs, every year Reclamation undertakes a number of short-term programs that cover a wide variety of water resource-related areas.
Last Reviewed: 5/12/11