SIGIR Quarterly Report to the United States Congress
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA
Pagination or Media Count:
This quarter marked the sixth anniversary of the U.S. entry into Iraq. Since the March 20, 2003, invasion, the Congress has appropriated 51 billion in foreign aid for relief and reconstruction efforts that have touched every aspect of Iraqi society, from training and equipping its security forces to improving the delivery of essential services. These tens of billions in taxpayer dollars were provided chiefly to four major funds the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund 20.86 billion, the Iraq Security Forces Fund 18.04 billion, the Economic Support Fund 3.74 billion, and the Commanders Emergency Response Program 3.5 billion. As of March 31, 2009, the United States had obligated 42.16 billion and expended 37.89 billion for Iraq reconstruction. Several landmark events shaped continuing relief and reconstruction efforts this quarter Governance. On January 31, 2009, the Government of Iraq GOI conducted longawaited provincial elections in 14 of Iraqs 18 provinces, choosing new Provincial Councils that will play increasingly important roles in Iraqs reconstruction. In several ethnically and denominationally mixed provinces, election results corrected representational imbalances caused by the Sunni boycott of the 2005 provincial elections. Moreover, the provincial elections inaugurated a year of elections in Iraq, which will culminate in December with parliamentary elections, the first plebiscite on Prime Minister Nouri al-Malikis governing coalition.
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis