Transition of Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund Projects to the Iraqi Government
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA
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This report discusses the transition of completed projects funded by the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund IRRF to the Iraqi government. In January 2006, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction SIGIR reported that 2006 would be a year of transition for the U.S. reconstruction program in Iraq. This focus on transition followed SIGIRs October 2005 Report on the issue of sustainment programs for IRRF assets. SIGIR noted that progress had been hampered by the absence of a centralized sustainment office with the authority and responsibility to manage the effort across the jurisdictional boundaries of the operating agencies. In response, the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office IRMO established a coordinating sustainment office. By September 30, 2006, all IRRF funds will either be obligated to a contract or they will no longer be available to support relief and reconstruction projects in Iraq. As more projects are completed, the U.S. agencies and organizations that currently manage and implement the U.S. reconstruction effort should prepare to implement strategies for transitioning assets, projects and programs to the Iraqi government. A critical element of attaining end-state objectives for U.S. funded projects is a strategic plan to ensure that 1 completed projects and related assets are turned over to the appropriate Iraqi officials and 2 the Iraqi government has the capacity and resources necessary to sustain them. IRMO and the Project and Contracting Office PCO are the two principal organizations that are managing, overseeing and implementing the IRRF. Established as temporary organizations under National Security Presidential Directive No. 36 May 11, 2004, IRMOs principal responsibility was to facilitate the transition in Iraq, while PCO was established to provide acquisition and project management support. Both organizations are scheduled to sunset on May 10, 2007.
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