Examining the Effectiveness of U.S. Efforts to Combat Waste, Fraud, Abuse, and Corruption in Iraq, Hearings before the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, March 11 and July 23, 2008 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of Robert C. Byrd: "Today's hearing is the first in a series of hearings to be conducted by the Appropriations Committee to examine the costs and consequences of fraud, waste, abuse and corruption within Iraq and with U.S. government contracts involving Iraq. I hope that over the course of these hearings we will discover some solutions to these problems, some remedies to drain the festering abscess of waste, fraud, abuse and corruption. Media reports, think tank papers and Congressional efforts, especially those of Representative Waxman and Senator Dorgan, have documented many aspects of these problems. But, it is still difficult to determine the full extent of the fraud and corruption that have become epidemic throughout seemingly every aspect of U.S. involvement in Iraq. Since 2003, there has been a slow steady drumbeat of reports that throw light in some very dark corners of the Iraqi reconstruction effort, but over the last year, that drumbeat has intensified. It is becoming clear that fraud, waste, abuse and corruption are major contributors to the lack of progress on economic and governmental reconstruction in Iraq. This lack of success, in turn, undermines the legitimacy and authority of the Iraqi government and contributes to the perceived need for the United States and the international community to remain in Iraq." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patrick J. Leahy, Robert C. Byrd, Thad Cochran, David M. Walker, Claude M. Kicklighter, Stuart W. Bowen, Radhi Hamza al-Radhi, Dianne Feinstein, Judd Gregg, Frank R. Lautenberg, Larry Craig, Gordon England, Shay Assad, Gordon S. Heddell, Benjamin S. Griffin, Mitch McConnell, Wayne Allard, and Bryon L. Dorgan.
S. Hrg. 110-673; Senate Hearing 110-673
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