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U.S. Congressional Oversight

U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations

The Senate Appropriations Committee drafts legislation to allocate funds to government agencies departments, and organizations on an annual basis. The committee and its subcommittees also review the President's budget request, hear testimony from government officials, and review and modify the spending bills including supplemental spending bills that compensate for emergency expenses. In some of its hearings, the Committee examines defense expenditures and funding requests, including spending on private military and security contractors.

Hearings

US Congress Senate Appropriations Committee Hearings

State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriation for Fiscal Year 2006 (S. Hrg. 109-251)

Author: Senate Appropriations
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This hearing to address appropriations for State Department and USAID programs, also addressed the administration of those programs, including the use of private security forces by the Department of State. Since the witnesses did not know the answers to the questions posed—about State Department rules on the use of force and government liability for the tortuous or criminal acts of private contractors—responses were submitted subsequent to the hearing. This begins on page 38 of the transcript. Many questions are also posed about the USAID’s use of contractors for a variety of services.

Examining the President’s Fiscal Year 2008 Supplemental Request for the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, (S. Hrg. 110-321)

Author: Senate Appropriations
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This Special Hearing transcript includes a section on private security contractors, including the number of contract employees overall, funding amounts, and responsibility aspects.  There is also an in depth discussion of private security contractors in Afghanistan particularly responsibility and outcomes of criminal acts.

Examining the Effectiveness of U.S. Efforts to Combat Waste, Fraud, Abuse, and Corruption in Iraq (S. Hrg. 110-673)

Author: Senate Appropriations
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This Special Hearing (beginning on page 104 of the transcript) addressed deficiencies in the audits conducted by government oversight agencies, including a failure to account for the number of private security contractors operating in Iraq, the breakdown by nationality of security contractors, or the average salary of security contractors in Iraq.