Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) released its twenty-third report to Congress.
The October report states: "Thee next six months will see a substantial reduction in the size of the U.S. military presence in Iraq, a continuing reorganization of the U.S. Embassy's reconstruction management, and the election of a new Iraqi parliament. Among other things, this Quarterly Report—SIGIR's 23rd—analyzes three key issues that will shape the continuing U.S. eff ort in Iraq:
• the transfer of police training from the Department of Defense to the Department of State
• the management and oversight of the billions in remaining U.S. reconstruction funds
• the changing U.S. presence in the provinces
A new SIGIR audit also explores policy issues related to the management of Iraqi funds by the U.S. government. To date, SIGIR has identifi ed $27.5 million in Iraqi funds for return or potential return to the Government of Iraq: $13 million was returned in March 2009 to Prime Minister al-Maliki, and this quarter we identified $14.4 million more that may further be available for return. We plan to soon initiate further work to examine expired U.S. appropriated funds."