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Long, Unfinished To-Do List in Iraq

Think your list of unfinished projects is long? According to the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (an agency created to oversee expenditure of taxpayers' money for Iraq reconstruction) has released a very “depressing picture.” The federal agency claims that delays, costs, poor performance and violence are to blame for the failure to complete 855 projects.

The audit also found many other projects falsely listed as complete and last year congressional investigators claimed as much as ten billion dollars charged by US contractors are “questionable.” Danielle Brian, executive director of the watchdog group Project on Government Oversight said:

The report paints a depressing picture of money being poured into failed Iraq reconstruction projects. Contractors are killed, projects blown up just before being completed, or the contractor just stops doing the work.

It's not just the jobs left officially undone — a ton of other projects had been falsely checked off as complete, according to the audit of 47,321 reconstruction projects.

Iraq reconstruction has cost US taxpayers more than $100 billion so far. While conditions in Iraq make anything difficult, how can taxpayers know that their money is being put to good use? Is there an accounting system that would help this phenomenon?


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