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SIGIR Quarterly Report to the United States Congress

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Quarterly rept. no. 13

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This Report marks a significant evolution in the U.S. relief and reconstruction effort in Iraq the part of the U.S. program supported by the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund IRRF is nearly complete. Concomitantly, the Government of Iraq GOI is assuming progressively more of the financial burden for Iraqs continued recovery. This does not signify the end of U.S. assistance to Iraq. American support for Iraqs recovery will remain relatively robust for the foreseeable future. The evolution of the IRRF means that SIGIRs oversight mission in Iraq is evolving. Pursuant to its congressional directive, SIGIR continues to report on the investment of the IRRF and relief funds appropriated in FY 2006. However, SIGIR will adjust its personnel footprint in Iraq to comport with its gradually diminishing mission. SIGIR previously used Section 2 of Quarterly Reports to provide sector-by-sector updates on the IRRF program. Henceforth, Section 2 will include broader reviews of what was achieved. In this Report, SIGIR compares goals and expectations of IRRF 2 with projects and activities actually completed. Section 2 also contains a review of current U.S. funding programs. This quarter, SIGIR continued its oversight of Iraq reconstruction, producing 4 audits, 9 project assessments, and making progress on 79 investigations into allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse involving reconstruction funds. Section 3 contains summaries of this work. SIGIRs 4 audits bring to 86 the total number of audits produced by SIGIR over the past three years. SIGIRs 9 inspections bring the total number of inspections completed to 94. SIGIR investigators progressed on a number of fraud cases this quarter, 28 of which are being prosecuted by the Department of Justice. To date, SIGIRs investigative work has resulted in 10 arrests, a 25-count indictment of 5 persons, 5 convictions, 3 imprisonments, 3.6 million in restitution orders, and more than 9 million recovered.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science

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