New Agency Proposed to Improve Middle East Rebuilding Efforts
There has been a great deal of interagency bickering and confusion so far in the rebuilding efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. The agency indicated that streamlining the reconstruction process through a single agency would serve to reduce or eliminate many of the current inefficiencies.
In a report released today, the agency proposed the creation of the United States Office for Contingency Operations, which would provide oversight for all facets of rebuilding. Although the groundwork for the proposed agency would be laid by Congress, it would remain an independent body. Furthermore, establishing such an agency would likely shift much of the reconstruction responsibility away from the State Dept. and the Dept. of Defense.
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