Rebuilding Iraq: DoD and State Department Have Improved Oversight and Coordination of Private Security Contractors in Iraq, but Further Actions are Needed to Sustain Improvements
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The U.S. government relies extensively on private security contractors PSC for a variety of security services. However, incidents involving PSCs have raised concerns about oversight and legal accountability. Under the authority of the Comptroller General and in response to continuing congressional interest, GAO performed this review to examine the extent to which the Department of Defense DOD and Department of State have strengthened 1 oversight and 2 coordination of private security contractors in Iraq. GAO is also providing information on the legal framework used to hold private security contractor employees legally accountable for their actions in Iraq. GAO reviewed DOD and State Department policies and guidance, and their memorandum of agreement on PSCs observed operations in Iraq and met with DOD officials there and in the U.S. and met with officials from the Departments of Justice and State, and private security contractors. GAO recommends that DOD develop a strategy to sustain the increase in its oversight personnel in Iran. Further, GAO made two recommendations that DOD update current training being provided to military units deploying to Iraq. DOD concurred with these recommendations. However, State disagreed with some of GAOs comments regarding the status of the implementations of the recommendations made by the panel.
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