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Quarterly Report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, October 2008

Author: Stuart W. Bowen
Published October 2008

The October 2008 update of this Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) report states, "The theme of this Quarterly Report, "A Nascent Normalcy: The Evolution of U.S. Assistance to a Sovereign Iraq," reflects the recognition of a fundamental shift in the U.S. relief and reconstruction effort this year, which SIGIR dubbed in January "The Year of Transfer." The most salient features of that fundamental shift include:

-The rising primacy of Iraq's capital budget as the chief funding source for further reconstruction, resulting in an appropriate decrease in U.S. assistance
-The strengthening of Iraq's security forces, evident in the recent transfer of security responsibilities in Anbar and Babylon to Iraqi control
-The incremental improvement in essential services across Iraq, highlighted by this quarter's record electricity output
-The increased velocity of economic activity prompted by Iraq's oil revenue windfall, which may soon be tempered by recent rapid declines in world oil prices
-The progress of the Maliki government on specific legislative items, most notably the passage of the Provincial Election Law."

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