Iraq: DOD Needs to Improve Visibility and Accountability Over Equipment Provided to Iraq's Security Forces, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 2MB]

"In 2014, Congress authorized the creation of ITEF [Iraq Train and Equip Fund] to provide equipment and other assistance to Iraq's security forces, including the Kurdistan Regional Government forces, to counter the expansion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. As of December 2016, DOD had disbursed about $2 billion of the $2.3 billion Congress appropriated for ITEF in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 to purchase, for example, personal protective equipment, weapons, and vehicles for these forces. DOD's web-based SCIP [Security Cooperation Information Portal] provides U.S. government personnel and others transportation information on DOD equipment imported from other DOD data systems or reported by SCIP users. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review DOD's accountability of ITEF-funded equipment. This report assesses the extent to which DOD maintains visibility and accountability of ITEF-funded equipment from acquisition through transfer to the government of Iraq or the Kurdistan Regional Government. GAO analyzed DOD guidance, procedures, SCIP data, and transfer documentation and interviewed officials from DOD agencies with a role in the ITEF equipping process in the United States, Kuwait, and Iraq. [...] GAO is making four recommendations that include identifying the root causes for addressing why DOD is not capturing ITEF-funded equipment transportation dates in SCIP and developing an action plan to address these issues. DOD generally concurred with GAO's recommendations and stated that it would develop a plan."

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