The Year of Transition in Review
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA
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This 12th Quarterly Report from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction SIGIR covers the conclusion of a significant phase in the U.S. reconstruction effort in Iraq and the beginning of an important new one. During this quarter, SIGIR progressed on its program to provide aggressive on-the-ground oversight of the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund IRRF, producing 8 audits and 15 inspections, and pushing forward 78 investigations into fraud, waste, and abuse in Iraq. The Congress created the IRRF in 2003, funding it with two appropriations amounting to 21 billion. The IRRF served as the primary financial source for the U.S.-led phase of reconstruction in Iraq. As of the end of 2006, all of the IRRF was contracted, with nearly 80 expended. In 2007, SIGIR will execute detailed reviews of what the American taxpayer received for this investment of U.S. dollars in Iraqs reconstruction. SIGIR previously observed that continued financial support from the United States and other outside sources will be necessary to support the ongoing recovery of Iraq. This support should aim at strengthening Iraqs capability to provide employment, restore essential services, and build the capacity of the Government of Iraqs GOI ministries. The Congress already has appropriated 11 billion beyond the IRRF to support relief efforts, primarily for training and equipping Iraqs security forces. Iraqs security forces, however, developed more slowly than expected, and the security environment has continued to deteriorate. Iraq thus requires a new phase of investment. This phase urgently needs further contributions from international donors through the International Compact for Iraq.
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