Audit of USAID/Iraq’s Oversight of Private Security Contractors in Iraq
Fiscal Year: 2009
Audit Report Available: No
The U.S. Government, including USAID, relies on private firms for a wide variety of security services in Iraq. By providing security for reconstruction and stabilization efforts, private security contractors contribute an essential service to U.S. and international efforts to bring peace to Iraq. Nevertheless, the use of armed contractors raises several concerns, including those of transparency and accountability. Such concerns include the lack of public information on the terms of these contracts, such as costs and standards that govern hiring and performance.
This audit will (1) determine whether the services of USAID-funded private security contractors in Iraq were procured in accordance with established USAID and U.S. Government policies and (2) assess whether USAID/Iraq’s management of its contracts and grant agreements with implementing partners has provided adequate oversight of private security contractors.
Source: Office of Inspector General ANNUAL PLAN FISCAL YEAR 2009
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