Poor planning hinders Iraq reconstruction

Oct. 30, 2005 at 9:21 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Government watchdogs say the U.S. government had no comprehensive policy in place for staffing the management of postwar Iraq.

Stuart Bowen, the special inspector-general for Iraq reconstruction, said the lack of planning has been exacerbated by a "general lack of co-ordination" among U.S. government agencies charged with rebuilding Iraq, the Financial Times reported.

Bowen's 110-page quarterly report to Congress says a "reconstruction gap" threatens to leave many projects planned by the U.S. on the drawing board.

While 93 percent of the nearly $30 billion the United States has appropriated for reconstruction has been committed to programs and projects, more than 25 percent of the funds have been spent on security costs related to the insurgency.

Bowen found that "systematic planning" for the post-hostilities period in Iraq was "insufficient in both scope and implementation."

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