Daily Revolt

December 14, 2007

Iraq Watchdog Agency Under Investigation: Report

This is in keeping with a government that is dysfunctional. It has only gotten worse during the Bush era. Lawlessness and corruption are par for the course:
The U.S. agency charged with investigating allegations of waste and fraud by contractors involved in rebuilding Iraq is itself the subject of four government probes, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

Employee allegations of overspending and mismanagement at the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) prompted an examination of the agencies financial practices by the FBI and federal prosecutors, the Post said.

[...]One of the most serious allegations under investigation is whether top SIGIR official accessed without authorization employee e-mail messages stored on computers maintained by the U.S. Army, the Post said, citing people questioned by investigators and documents obtained by the newspaper.

Prosecutors have presented evidence of alleged wrongdoing to a grand jury in Virginia, which has subpoenaed SIGIR for thousands of pages of financial documents and other records, the report said.

Complaints obtained by the newspaper ranged from retaliatory firing of a whistle-blower to "sustained patterns of inappropriate behavior," the Post said.

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