Challenges in Obtaining Reliable and Useful Data on Iraqi Security Forces Continue
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Under Section 9204 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008, Public Law 110-252,1 the Secretary of Defense is required to submit a quarterly report to the Congress presenting a comprehensive set of performance indicators and measures of progress toward military and political stability in Iraq. Two indicators in the Department of Defenses DoD September 2008 report, Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq, are the number of Iraqi Security Forces ISF assigned and the number trained. The number of ISF assigned is derived from payroll data from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense MoD and Ministry of Interior MoI. The number of personnel trained represents those who complete specific basic-level training, as reported by Coalition In April 2008, SIGIR issued an interim report on the reliability and usefulness of the reported number of ISF personnel and the methodology used to determine and review those numbers. SIGIR concluded that although DoD was making efforts to improve the reliability of the information, there was a need for caution regarding its accuracy and usefulness. In addition, SIGIR reported that DoD made efforts to assess data reliability, but it will have less visibility over the data as the Government of Iraq GOI assumes more control over the training of its forces. Last, SIGIR reported on efforts to automate human resource and payroll systems to improve data accuracy and reliability within the MoD.
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