Cost, Outcome, and Oversight of Local Governance Program Contracts with Research Triangle Institute
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA
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SIGIR has a legislative requirement to prepare a final forensic audit on funds made available for Iraq relief and reconstruction prior to its termination. Based on this requirement, SIGIR has undertaken a series of focused contract reviews examining major Iraq reconstruction contracts. This report, the eighth in the series of such reviews, examines two contracts for Local Governance Program LGP activities awarded by the U.S. Agency for International Development USAID to the Research Triangle Institute RTI to assist the Iraqis in creating a more favorable environment for local governance and to build the capacity of representative councils and sub national offices of central government ministries. The contracts were awarded in 2003 and 2005 and had a total value of 598,218,622, as of June 30, 2008. SIGIRs objectives were to examine contract costs, outcomes, and management oversight, emphasizing issues related to vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, and abuse. SIGIR recommends that USAIDs Mission Director-Iraq take actions to improve operational guidance to facilitate contract oversight ensure the review of payment vouchers and invoices before payments are made and take action to recover general and administrative and fixed fees that may have been improperly paid to the contractor as allowable expenses against 185,000 in government funds lost by the contractor. In commenting on a draft of this report, USAID concurred with the reports findings and recommendations, and outlined steps it is taking to address each recommendation. USAID also provided technical comments that we have included in the report where appropriate.
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