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September 1, 2017

DoD IG Monthly Update - September 2017

August 17, 2017

Lead Inspector General for Operation Freedom's Sentinel | Quarterly Report to the United States Congress | April 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017

OFS Cover April 1, 2017-June 30, 2017This Lead Inspector General (Lead IG) report to the United States Congress on Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS) is the ninth quarterly report detailing the overseas contingency operation (OCO). The report summarizes significant events involving OFS and describes completed, ongoing, and planned Lead IG and oversight partner agency work related to this OCO. This report covers the period from April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017.

Under OFS, U.S. forces are conducting two complementary missions: 1) counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda, its associates in Afghanistan, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan (ISIS-K); and 2) training, advising, and assisting the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led Resolute Support Mission. U.S. counterterrorism efforts remain focused on preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists planning attacks against the U.S. homeland and against U.S. interests and partners. The objective of the Resolute Support Mission is to develop self-sustaining Afghan security forces that are capable of maintaining security under responsible Afghan civilian authorities.

The conflict in Afghanistan intensified this quarter as the Taliban mounted widespread attacks against Afghan military facilities, including an attack on the Afghan National Army’s 209th Corps Headquarters that killed 144 and wounded 65. The Taliban also increased pressure on Kunduz City with major attacks in surrounding towns in an attempt to capture and control the provincial capital. The report examined some of the factors contributing to the Taliban’s resilience in the face of counterinsurgency operations.

This quarter also saw the deadliest single attack in Afghanistan since 2001, when a truck bomb detonated in Kabul’s busy diplomatic zone, leaving over 150 dead and 300 injured. ISIS-K continued to prove a resilient threat, quickly regenerating its forces despite aggressive U.S. and Afghan counterterrorism operations that killed 750 ISIS-K fighters. These operations included the April 13 dropping of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, the largest conventional weapon ever employed in combat, which was used to collapse a network of tunnels used by ISIS-K in the mountainous redoubts of the Nangarhar province.
 
Lead IG and partner oversight agencies released six reports during this quarter that examined military facilities and embassy building construction, uniforms and equipment for the security forces, a DoS antiterrorism assistance program, and “Leahy Law” implementation in Afghanistan. As of the end of the quarter, 53 oversight projects were either ongoing or planned to begin by the end of FY 2017. The Lead IG investigative components and the military investigative organizations initiated eight investigations related to OFS, involving allegations of procurement or program fraud, theft, and trafficking in persons. One OFS-related investigation was closed this quarter; 33 remained open.

Beginning this quarter, the Lead IG report on OFS is accompanied by a classified appendix, which provides additional related information. This appendix is distributed and made available to the appropriate government agencies and congressional committees.

To view or download the print version of the Lead IG Report on OFS, April 1, 2017-June 30, 2017, click here.

August 3, 2017

Lead Inspector General for Operation Inherent Resolve | Quarterly Report to the United States Congress | April 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

OIR Report Cover April 1-June 30, 2017

This Lead Inspector General (Lead IG) report to the United States Congress on Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) is the tenth quarterly report detailing the overseas contingency operation (OCO) against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The report covers the period April 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017. The report summarizes the quarter’s key events; discusses security, governance, stabilization, and humanitarian assistance efforts in Iraq and Syria; and provides a brief overview of the Syrian civil war, particularly as it relates to OIR. The report also provides an overview of funding for OIR and describes completed, ongoing, and planned Lead IG and partner agency oversight work related to OIR.

OIR is dedicated to countering the terrorist threat posed by ISIS in Iraq, Syria, regionally, and worldwide. The U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS includes support to military operations associated with OIR as well as diplomacy, governance, security programs and activities, and, separately, humanitarian assistance.

Between April 1, 2017, and June 30, 2017, Iraqi forces supported by a U.S.-led coalition of 73 nations and organizations defeated ISIS in most of Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where the group declared its “caliphate” in 2014. On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the city liberated. In Syria, coalition-back forces penetrated Raqqah, ISIS’s self-proclaimed capital, as ISIS moved some materiel and commanders south to Dayr az Zawr province. Separately, the U.S. military for the first time directly engaged the Syrian regime. On June 7, the U.S. military launched Tomahawk missiles to strike a Syrian military airbase following the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. On June 18, the U.S. military shot down a Syrian fighter jet to protect coalition-backed Syrian opposition forces. This report discusses these and other activities that occurred during the quarter in more detail.

This quarter, the Lead IG agencies and oversight partners released 10 reports related to OIR. The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an assessment of U.S. and Coalition efforts to train, advise, assist, and equip Iraqi partners that found that procurement and vetting processes for the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service lacked sufficient standards of evaluations in 13 of the 17 training courses and that trainees did not receive live-fire training on all weapons systems that they may need to use in combat.

A Department of State (DoS) OIG inspection of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs found that DoS employees in the offices responsible for Syria and Yemen faced unsustainable workloads, exacerbated by vacant positions, making it difficult for the two desks to fulfill the full range of their responsibilities. In addition, the inspection found that Syria policy coordination was complicated by unclear lines of authority among a number of U.S. Government entities influencing Syria policy formulation and implementation.

A U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) OIG audit of an education program in Lebanon found that delays in project startup had slowed a number of project activities designed to alleviate strains on Lebanon’s education system caused in part by the inflow of Syrian refugee children.

As of June 30, 2017, the Lead IG agencies were conducting 23 ongoing oversight projects and 83 investigations pertaining to alleged procurement or program fraud, corruption, and trafficking in persons.

Section 8L of the Inspector General Act of 1978 provides a mandate for the three Lead IG agencies—the DoD OIG, the DoS OIG, and USAID OIG—to work together to develop and carry out joint, comprehensive, and strategic oversight. Each IG retains statutory independence, but together, they apply their extensive regional experience and in-depth institutional knowledge to conduct oversight of the whole-of-government mission to defeat ISIS and address the severe humanitarian crises in Iraq and Syria.

To view or download the print version of the Lead IG Report to the United States Congress on OIR, April 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017, click here.

August 1, 2017

DoD OIG Monthly Update - August 2017

July 25, 2017

Statement of Michael Roark Assistant Inspector General Contract Management and Payments Directorate Testifying on Accountability and Security of Weapons and Equipment in Iraq and Kuwait Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations House Armed Services Committee

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