Billions of dollars squandered in Iraq

Billions of dollars squandered in Iraq

07/14/2012 22:00

Because of lack of experience the American translation – the morning after years of review of records and transactions related to the amount of $ 51 billion of taxpayers’ money Americans devoted to the reconstruction of Iraq says the U.S. government now that they can say with certainty that a large share of that money had been wasted and dissipated, but can not determine the exact number. In a report issued last Friday and was described as a report of the final review included the Office of the Special Inspector General funds the reconstruction of Iraq, a series of weaknesses of accounting that put billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money Americans under penalty of waste and fraud in the largest project for the reconstruction of its kind in U.S. history. the report says: “I will not be possible to never know the size of the amounts lost due to waste and fraud.” found Checkers problematic accounting enormous relating to money very large cite such an example of a small senior: One of the contractors was paid $ 80 dollars for installation of pipe shall receive him Contractors Competitors amount of $ 1.41. The reason is that the review officer of contracts in the U.S. Army of the lists of the company was superficial lax, or they may not revise them at all. in a brief statement intended to mitigate inspector general said that at the time could not determine the size of the amounts wasted exactly can say it could be a serious . When asked why not can never determine the amount of money wasted accurately The Office of the Inspector General to report has already published in February 2009 entitled “Hard Lessons” says that the auditors have faced a shortage of cadres and other problems, just like the project managers reconstruction themselves. He concluded that report to the following: “According to the fluctuations that marred the reconstruction effort, which beset the very beginning of the ongoing violence and the changing goals and the changes ongoing in the methods of contracting undermined by the lack of unity of effort, it becomes impossible to reach the position of accounting fully for all the money spent in reconstruction. ” in the same report restores the Inspector General Stuart Bowen, the question posed by Donald Rumsfeld, who was then minister of defense, when they met shortly after the start of the Bowen work in January 2004 where he said to him: “What made you take this work ? It’s an impossible task. ” follows the Office of Bowen by law to reporting to the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, will stop its work in 2013. and spent the Office lbs $ 200 million to keep track of the funds allocated for reconstruction, and was in addition to the issued numerous reports of the work of investigation and inquiry in criminal fraud cases, which resulted in 87, and 71 counts of conviction, fines and other penalties and reached amounts to $ 176 million. These investigations included a civilian and military personnel who were accused of charging commissions and bribes and manipulation to refer tenders, forgery, embezzlement and even stealing direct state funds and property. but it seems that most of these offenses has escaped from the supervision and control, and as an example of this, a draft of the Pentagon $ 35 million took effect in December , 2006 and will develop the Baghdad airport and make it global gateway and economic, but the Inspector General found the end of 2010 that half of these amounts was an exhibition of the loss of what is yet to come from complete remaining work. was scheduled to go $ 20 billion of 51 billion approved by Congress for Iraq to rebuild Iraqi security services and go the other $ 20 billion for the reconstruction of basic infrastructure. These programs were operated primarily the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Agency for International Development. was the main weakness of her person lb is twice the level of review of the invoices submitted by contractors and contractors. In some cases the bills check months after the payment of amounts due to the small number of officers hired government. It was found lbs in one case that the State Department had an officer contract and one in Iraq, the validation of the health expenditure of funds in excess of $ 2.5 billion through a contract with the company, “Dane Corps” to train Iraqi police. According to the report for this case: “It was The result is that the bill has not been submitted for review as required, which made $ 2.5 billion vulnerable to fraud and waste. has Oqlguena This lack of control in particular, because the previous reviews we have done for decades Dane Corps revealed in a timely weaknesses similar. ” In the case referred to was able to Ministry of Foreign Affairs finally reach a settlement of all invoices of old, and based on this have been retrieved more than $ 60 million until July of 2009. also dealt with the report to the problem of minor glitches all key aspects of the U.S. war effort in Iraq and won him , those are the problems resulting from the fight with the insurgency in the result proves that a longer breath, and more resistant than the Pentagon had expected and it is calculated. These problems do not make the process of reconstruction and only the hardest and most dangerous and highest expense, but also lead the U.S. Army to the situation in which formatted the effort overwhelming imposed on the soldiers re-deployment, as well as tactics that deliberately to rebel movements which have the capacity to adapt and the complexities of wounds and injuries the field of battle. These problems have made the U.S. government also suffers from lack of experience that you need to follow up on contractors’ work as it should. • by Robert Burns / U for the newspaper as any claim, citing the Associated Press
Source: alsabaah