Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan

Quarterly Inspector General reports about reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan are now available.

SIGAR's (Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction) second quarterly report to Congress (Jan. 2009) about Afghanistan summarizes oversight reports on reconstruction since 2002, discusses observations about challenges to reconstruction, and outlines SIGAR's methodology for oversight.

SIGIR's (Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction) Jan. 2009 quarterly report about Iraq "examines the obligation and expenditure of the four major U.S. reconstruction accounts, updates progress on significant projects in the provinces, and reviews key political, economic, and security developments that will affect the U.S. program in Iraq during 2009." It also makes the following recommendations:

  • Expeditiously appoint new leadership and clearly articulate policy and budget direction.
  • Re-evaluate and re-shape the reconstruction management structure to fit the new era in Iraq.
  • More efficiently integrate civil and military management structures.
  • Effectively manage the security situation in accord with the terms of the new Security Agreement.
  • Urge the Government of Iraq to embrace and sustain its primary role in reconstruction.