U.S. Embassy in Iraq [December 14, 2007]   [open pdf - 65KB]

"Construction of the New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Baghdad is completed, and final inspection is expected before the end of December 2007. At that time, it will be up to the Chief of Mission to determine when U.S. government personnel move in, according to State Department officials. While construction for the NEC itself is virtually on time and on budget, new follow-on requirements will cost an additional $150 million and several months of labor, these officials say. The additional requirements include space at the embassy compound for General Patraeus and his staff, as requested in a mid-2007 report by State's then-Director of Management and Planning. Currently, Congress has not yet taken up the FY2008 emergency supplemental request that includes $2.1 billion for Iraq mission operations. Construction costs and funding for mission operations for the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, thus far, have been met only through supplemental appropriations. For FY2008, in addition to the $2.1 billion in the FY2008 supplemental, the Bush Administration has sought $65 million in the regular appropriations for ongoing funding for operations in Iraq. In addition, the Administration had requested $823.9 million for mission operations in an FY2007 supplemental request. On May 24, 2007, Congress passed a compromise supplemental appropriation (H.R. 2206), which the President signed into law (P.L. 110-28) on May 25. The enacted law included $750 million for State Department operations in Iraq. This report will be updated as information becomes available."

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