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Audit of USAID/Iraq’s Participation on Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Iraq

Country: Iraq
Fiscal Year: 2009
Agency: USAID
Audit Report Available: No

USAID PRT representatives serve as activity managers for all USAID activities in their respective Provinces or regions and integrate all USAID activities in support of PRT work plans. Therefore, representatives maintain close relationships with the implementing partners in their region through meetings and report reviews. The close coordination allows representatives greater ability to assess the progress and challenges of the various programs. As a result, USAID/Iraq will be better able to coordinate and monitor its programs to support the stabilization and development goals of each PRT and project. PRT representatives do not replace cognizant technical officers and contracting officers who are based in Baghdad, but they assist these officers as activity managers in the field.

At writing, Iraq had 25 PRTs. Each team is a hybrid civilian-military force working to establish provincial governments and teach their leaders ways to govern transparently and effectively, promote economic development, and respond to the basic needs of their constituents.

The 25 PRTs comprise 10 full-size PRTs, 5 smaller teams, and 10 teams embedded within military brigades. It is anticipated that most will continue operating through FY 2009, when the mission will transition to a traditional USAID training program to develop local governance capacity.

This audit will (1) determine whether USAID/Iraq PRT representatives are performing their intended roles as activity managers and (2) assess how USAID/Iraq is assisting the PRTs in transitioning to USAID/Iraq activities.

Source:  Office of Inspector General ANNUAL PLAN FISCAL YEAR 2009

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