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FY 2017 Comprehensive Oversight Plan for Overseas Contingency Operations

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 This FY 2017 Comprehensive Oversight Plan for Overseas Contingency Operations (COP–OCO) is the second annual joint strategic plan submitted to Congress describing whole-of-government oversight activities in support of the ongoing overseas contingency operations as well as oversight efforts in Southwest Asia.

The content and structure of the COP–OCO comply with the Lead IG oversight requirements directed by Congress in the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, enacted in January 2013. Section 8L of the IG Act of 1978, as amended, details oversight and reporting requirements for OCOs. This COP–OCO includes the Joint Strategic Oversight Plans (JSOP) for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) and Afghanistan. The Afghanistan JSOP includes Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS), as well as on-going reconstruction and humanitarian assistance programs and activities that are conducted separately from OFS.

The COP–OCO is divided into three main sections.

• Section 1 contains the JSOP for Afghanistan, which includes oversight planning information on OFS, reconstruction, and humanitarian assistance, as well as the listing of all oversight projects and prior fiscal year published reports concerning Afghanistan.

• Section 2 contains the JSOP for OIR, as well as the listing of all oversight projects and prior fiscal year published reports concerning OIR.

• Section 3 provides project information and prior fiscal year published reports for all other SWA projects.

As of September 30, 2016, the Federal and service oversight agencies had completed 143 projects, which have made findings and recommendations to improve internal controls, reduce costs, ensure safety, and improve operational efficiencies. Federal and Service oversight agencies continue to monitor, audit, and evaluate these complex overseas contingency operations, as well as other programs and activities within SWA.

As these whole-of-government efforts evolve, additional Federal oversight agencies may begin undertaking additional necessary projects in SWA. The COP-OCO will expand 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.