By Julian Pecquet - 08/21/12 07:52 PM EDT
“Treasury's announcement today is a big step forward,” Kay Guinane, the director of the Charity and Security Network, told The Hill in an email. “I am concerned about the $300,000 spending limit and the vague description of the reporting requirement. Reporting the name of the Iranian NGOs that receive funds is feasible — reporting names of individuals getting the aid would not be feasible or desirable.”
Guinane said the general license issued for Syria last year, which allows U.S. NGOs to operate programs and partner with Syrian charities to provide humanitarian relief, democracy building, health and education services, would be a better fit. She said she hoped Treasury would reassess in October to see if the Iran license needs to be extended.