This FY 2018 Comprehensive Oversight Plan for Overseas Contingency Operations (COP–OCO) is the third annual joint strategic oversight plan submitted to Congress. This report describes the whole-of-government oversight of U.S. activities in support of the ongoing overseas contingency operations as well as other programs and activities in Southwest Asia.
The content and structure of the COP–OCO comply with the oversight requirements directed by Congress in the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. This COP–OCO includes the Joint Strategic Oversight Plans (JSOPs) for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) and Afghanistan. The Afghanistan JSOP includes Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS), as well as ongoing governance and civil society, humanitarian assistance and development, and stabilization and infrastructure programs and activities that are conducted separately from OFS.
The COP–OCO includes three main sections:
• Section 1 contains the JSOP for Afghanistan, including OFS, as well as the listing of all oversight projects and prior fiscal year published reports for Afghanistan.
• Section 2 contains the JSOP for OIR, as well as the listing of all oversight projects and prior fiscal year published reports for OIR.
• Section 3 contains the listing of all oversight projects and prior fiscal year published reports for all other Southwest Asia projects.
For FY 2017, as of August 31, 2017, the Federal and Military Service oversight agencies have completed 177 projects and reported findings and recommendations to improve internal controls, reduce costs, ensure safety, and improve operational efficiencies. Federal and Military Service oversight agencies continue to monitor, audit, and evaluate these overseas contingency operations, as well as other programs and activities within Southwest Asia.
As these whole-of-government efforts evolve, additional Federal and Military Service oversight agencies may undertake additional oversight projects in Southwest Asia, and the COP-OCO will adjust accordingly. We will continue to promote this coordinated oversight effort across agency jurisdictional boundaries to ensure effective whole-of-government oversight to assist Congress and agency leaders in making informed program, policy, and funding decisions.