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Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:
I am pleased to be here today to provide a strategic overview of GAO's
work related to securing, stabilizing, and rebuilding Iraq. In my statement
today, as requested, I will highlight (1) GAO's scope, authority, and
coordination; (2) some of the insights stemming from our work in Iraq;
and (3) the rigorous quality assurance framework that GAO uses to ensure
relevant, reliable, and consistent results in all of our work.
My statement today is based upon extensive work spanning several years.
Since 2003, we have issued 67 Iraq-related reports and testimonies. For
example, I sent a report to the Congress last week on a range of key issues
for congressional oversight of efforts to secure, stabilize, and rebuild Iraq.'
Although many of our sources are classified, we strive to report
information to the Congress in a public format to promote greater
transparency and accountability of U.S. government policies, programs,
and activities. As provided for in our congressional protocols, most of our
work in Iraq has been performed under my authority to conduct
evaluations on my own initiative since it is a matter of broad interest to the
entire Congress and numerous committees in both chambers. Our work
also helped inform the deliberations of the Iraq Study Group; I personally
briefed this group on the results of our Iraq work in June 2006. We also
provided significant additional information to the Iraq Study Group for its
The work supporting this statement is based on our analysis of agency
plans and documents and discussions with relevant senior officials from
the Departments of Defense (DOD), Energy, State, and the Treasury; the
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); the Army Corps of
Engineers; the multinational force; the Defense Intelligence Agency; and
the Central Intelligence Agency. We conducted our reviews in accordance
with generally accepted government auditing standards.
Summary GAO and the Inspectors General (IG) of individual departments and
agencies have different roles and responsibilities. GAO's broad audit
authority allows us to support Congress through strategic analyses of
issues that cut across multiple federal agencies and sources of funding.
1GAO, Securing, Stabilizing, and Rebuilding Iraq: Key Issues for Congressional
Oversight, GAO-07-308SP (Washington, D.C.: Jan. 9, 2007).
GAO-07-385T Audit Approaches in Iraq
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Securing, Stabilizing, and Rebuilding Iraq: GAO Audit Approach and Findings, text, January 18, 2007; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc292452/m1/2/: accessed March 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.