This Fiscal Year 2024 (FY 2024) Comprehensive Oversight Plan for Overseas Contingency Operations (COP–OCO) is the ninth annual joint strategic oversight plan submitted to Congress by the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations (Lead IG). This report describes the Lead IG and partner agencies’ oversight of U.S. activities in support of ongoing overseas contingency operations.
The content and structure of the COP–OCO complies with the oversight requirements directed by Congress in the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. This COP–OCO includes the Joint Strategic Oversight Plans for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) and Operation Enduring Sentinel (OES).
The OIR mission is to advise, assist, and enable partner forces until they can independently maintain the enduring defeat of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq and designated areas of Syria, in order to set conditions for long-term security cooperation frameworks. The OES mission is to conduct counterterrorism operations and to engage with Central Asian and South Asian regional partners to combat terrorism and promote regional stability.
The FY 2024 COP-OCO includes three sections:
- Section 1 contains the oversight plan for OIR, as well as the listing of all oversight projects and prior fiscal year published reports for OIR.
- Section 2 contains the oversight plan for OES, as well as the listing of all oversight projects and prior fiscal year published reports for OES.
- Section 3 contains planned and ongoing oversight projects and prior fiscal year published reports for other oversight projects related to contingency operations.
As of September 18, 2023, federal oversight agencies have completed 74 reports during FY 2023, and reported findings and recommendations to improve internal controls, reduce costs, ensure safety, and improve operational efficiencies. These oversight agencies continue to monitor, audit, and evaluate these overseas contingency operations, as well as other programs and activities within the Middle East and Southwest Asia. This plan also includes 97 ongoing and planned oversight projects that will be conducted during FY 2024.
As conditions in the overseas contingency operations change, the oversight agencies may undertake additional oversight projects, and the COP-OCO will change accordingly. The Lead IG agencies will continue to promote this coordinated oversight effort across agency jurisdictional boundaries to assist Congress and agency leaders in making informed program, policy, and funding decisions.