Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction: Quarterly Report and Semiannual Report to the United States Congress [January 30, 2011] [open pdf - 9MB]
"As I mark my seventh anniversary as Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction [SIGIR], I am pleased to present this 28th Quarterly Report to the United States Congress and the Secretaries of State and Defense. [...] The various changes occurring in Iraq in 2011 will unfold under the aegis of the new coalition government in Baghdad. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki finally secured a second four-year term this quarter, but did so only by allowing myriad rivals to obtain numerous positions in the new Council of Ministers. [...] This quarter, SIGIR published five audits, including a review of the U.S. military's $370 million effort to pay former insurgents to provide security services through the Sons of Iraq (SOI) program. The military financed the costly SOI initiative using funds from the Commander's Emergency Response Program (CERP). To date, almost $3.7 billion in CERP funds have been committed to projects in Iraq, with the SOI program being the single largest outlay. The Insert to this Quarterly Report contains a comprehensive look at how CERP funds have been expended in Iraq. SIGIR's collective oversight reporting on the CERP is particularly informative, given the continued large-scale use of CERP funds in Afghanistan."
Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction: http://www.sigir.mil/