Iraq Commander's Emergency Response Program Generally Managed Well, but Project Documentation and Oversight Can Be Improved

Iraq Commander's Emergency Response Program Generally Managed Well, but Project Documentation and Oversight Can Be Improved

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In April 2008, the Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) and the Government of Iraq (GOI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) initiating the Iraq Commander's Emergency Response Program (I-CERP). Under the MOU, MNF-I is to complete urgent reconstruction projects to aid Iraqi citizens in the 15 provinces not under the Kurdish Regional Government using GOI funds and existing coalition spending mechanisms managed by the Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I). Initially, GOI indicated it would provide $300 million for I-CERP-related projects, but decreased that amount by 10% ($30 million)1 at the time it signed the MOU. In May 2009, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) and Iraq's Board of Supreme Audit (BSA), agreed to conduct a joint review of I-CERP. On July 16, 2009, BSA issued a report titled, "Review and Audit of the Projects Executed by the U.S. [Corps] of Engineers." See Appendix C for a copy of this report. The I-CERP MOU between MNF-I and Iraq?s Supreme Reconstruction Council of the Secretariat of the Council of Ministries defines the purpose of the program and the responsibilities of both MNF-I and GOI. It requires that MNF-I expend I-CERP funds using the procedures, project purchasing officers,2 paying agents,3 and accountability mechanisms already established for the Commander's Emergency Response Program (CERP). In addition, the MOU requires that I-CERP funds be distributed among the provinces commensurate with the population of each province. Finally, the MOU requires that MNF-I report the I-CERP program status to GOI on a quarterly basis and train Iraqi security forces to enable them to manage I-CERP.
Publisher: Arlington, VA : Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, [2009]
Characteristics: 1 online resource (40 p.) : col. ill.

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