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Iraqi Police students approach a building while rehearsing room clearing drills at the Police Academy in Basrah, Iraq, April 20, 2011. Iraqi Police students are training under the observation of American contractors in support of Operation New Dawn.

U.S. Government Research & Oversight

U.S. Department of State Office of Inspector General

Together with its own Diplomatic Security agents, the U.S. Department of State hires private security contractors to protect diplomats overseas, train foreign police forces, assist in drug eradication programs, and protect embassies and other U.S. installations abroad. The Office of Inspector General (DoS OIG) for the U.S. Department of State, an independent investigatory body, performs specialized security inspections and audits in support of the Department's mission to provide effective protection to U.S. personnel, facilities, and sensitive intelligence information. DoS OIG also investigates instances of contract fraud, waste, and mismanagement that may constitute either criminal wrongdoing or violation of Department regulations.

OIG reports may be redacted, and some are classified. To request a full copy without redactions or a report not listed here, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Department of State. Unclassified summaries of all OIG reports are presented in the Inspector General's Semiannual Report to the Congress. 

Audits, Inspections and Reviews

FY 2017 Audits

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This audit conducted by the DOS OIG sought to determine whether the indirect costs and direct costs claimed in Olgoonik Global Security, LLC's FY 2011 Incurred Costs Proposals (ICP) reasonable, allowable, allocable, and applicable under the contract. Olgoonik Global Security, LLC was under contract to support the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The audit found a number of both direct and indirect costs and furthermore found that the ICP did not reconcile with the contractor's general ledger and no one could explain the difference. The DOS OIG made several recommendations that OGS concurred with and resolved.

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This audit conducted by the DOS OIG is a examination of questioned costs related to SOC services provided to the Department of State. The services provided deal with DOS's protective services, and the questioned costs were part of the reconciling reported versus actual costs. DOS OIG recommended nine actions, all of which have been resolved.

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This audit conducted by the DOS OIG sought to review tasks contracted to the Afghanistan Life Support Services contract to ensure that the invoices were managed according to Department of State guidelines and that there was sufficient oversight. The DOS OIG found that the contract was being managed successfully, with adequate oversight and performance control. DOS OIG also found that staffing was adequate to properly manage the contract. The DOS OIG made two recommendations, including increased invoice training for contractors. 

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This audit conducted by the DOS OIG sought to review tasks contracted to PAE Government Services, Inc. regarding operations and maintenance of the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center. DOS OIG found that the majority of the costs were allowable and supported, although there were $2.3 million in questioned costs. DOS OIG made several recommendations which they now consider to be resolved.

Management Assistance Report: Contract Management - Lessons Learned From Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, Operations and Maintenance Contract

Author: DOS OIG
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This audit conducted by the DOS OIG sought to review the PAE Government Services, Inc. which serves as the operations and maintenance contractor at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. This report found PAE failed to perform the required preventative maintenance functions, did not have sufficient staff to manage the project, worked while under an incomplete contract, and conducted work without permission. OIG made recommendations to the Bureau of Administration and Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations to alleviate the problems discovered during their review.

Management Assistance Report: Improvements Needed to the Security Certification Process To Ensure Compliance With Security Standards at Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Author: DOS OIG
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This audit conducted by the DOS OIG sought to review Caddell Contruction, Inc. and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations' (OBO) construction and commissioning process of several new buildings at the Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan. The audit found that there had been alternations to components of two security doors that were part of the residential annex that compromised the security of those doors. This report is designed to spur action to fix the problem as well as bring attention to weaknesses inherent in the inspection process, a key problem because this flaw went unaddressed for over a year.

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This audit conducted by the DOS OIG sought to an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract to All Native, Inc. (ANI) to provide support for overseeing foreign assistance programs in Iraq. ANI was tasked with providing support four bureaus: Near Eastern Affairs (NEA); International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL); Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL); and Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). DOS OIG found that ANI did not conduct adequate reviews of the funding, leaving over $3 million in unsupported funds. However, the DOS OIG also found that ANI provided satisfactory support to the bureaus it was tasked with aiding. DOS OIG recommended developing more structured oversight and determining where the unsupported funds were allowable.

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Author: DOS OIG
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This audit conducted by the DOS OIG is a follow up to a 2012 examination of the Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Office of Antiterrorism Assistance's (DS/TIA TA) Antiterrorism Assistance program. The previous audit found that there was not a developed, specific, measureable, and outcome-oriented objective with which to evaluate the success of the program. The previous audit made recommendations, but this follow-up finds that the two recommendations that currently apply to the Pakistan activities did not have the desired effect of improving the management and oversight of the ATA program in Pakistan.

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Author: DOS OIG
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This review was a joint review conducted by the Department of Justice and Department of State to examine responses by the Department of State and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to three drug interdiction missions in Honduras in May, June, and July 2012 that had casualties and injuries. The May 2012 incident was particularly notable because US and Honduras law enforcement reportedly caused the death of several civilians and abused civilians in a nearby village. Contractors were involved in the drug interdiction missions and contributed to the investigation. The DOJ and DOS inspectors reviewed pre-incident planning, rules governing use of deadly force, DEA and DOS post-incident review, and accuracy of information provided to Congress post-incident and found that there were flaws.
FY 2016 Audits

Audit of Local Guard Force Contractors at Critical- and High-Threat Posts

Author: DOS OIG
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This audit conducted by the DOS OIG sought to determine whether local guard force contractors in select critical- and high-threat overseas posts are complying with their contract requirements, oversight, and orders. It found that guards complied with 90 percent of orders at eight overseas posts in four missions, although some deficiencies exists across various posts, and about three-quarters of the contractors complied with invoicing procedures. The report provides 18 recommendations aimed at addressing the deficiencies that were encountered.

Audit of Bureau of Diplomatic Security Worldwide Protective Services Contract Task Order 8 — Security Services at U.S. Consulate Erbil

Author: DOS OIG
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The DOS OIG audited DyaCorp International, LLC’s provision of static guard and security services to the Chief of Mission at the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, Iraq. Out of the invoices reviewed, $10.8 million costs are in question as not in accordance with contract terms. The OIG recommends that the Bureau of Administration,  Office of Logistics Management, Office of Acquisitions Management review and determine whether those costs were allowable and recover them if not; that they have the Contracting Officer either modify the contract or note when deviations are allowed; and that they review all contractor invoices to ensure they are supported.

Audit of Bureau of Diplomatic Security Worldwide Protective Services Contract Task Order 3 – Baghdad Embassy Security Force

Author: DOS OIG
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The DOS Office of the Inspector General performed an audit on the contract with SOC, valued at $909 million, to provide security and emergency response services to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The objective of the audit was to determine whether SOC complied with its contract terms and whether DOS reviewed and approved invoices appropriately. 
FY 2015 Audits

Review of the Use of Confidentiality Agreements by Department of State Contractors

Author: DOS OIG
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In 2014, the US media reported on the use of confidentiality agreements by government contractors, raising concerns that such arrangements could suppress reports of fraud, waste and abuse. Both DoS OIG and the Special Inspector General fro Afghanistan Reconstruction initiated investigations into the use of these non-disclosure agreements.  This DoS OIG report details the the office's findings of the investigation of 30 companies with the largest dollar amount of DoS contract awards in 2012.  The DoS OIG finds that while all 30 companies used various types of confidentiality agreements, non of these arrangements were overly restrictive in regards to reporting fraud, waste or abuse.

Management Assistance Report-Grant Improprieties by Nour International Relief Aid

Author: DOS OIG
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This audit by the Department of State Office of the Inspector General examines contract administration within the Bureau of African Affairs. In looking at Nour International Relief Aid, an organization granted a $5.6 million contract to provide the people of Somalia with pharmaceuticals and medical supplies in support of the African Union Mission in Somalia, the DOS OIG found that the organization did not adhere to Federal procurement laws and regulations.  Nour also received payments for unsupported costs and unapproved goods. The DOS OIG makes recommendations to the Bureau of Administration to improve oversight and management of costs.

Audit of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Aviation Support Services Contract in Iraq

Author: DOS OIG
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In this audit, the DOS OIG investigated the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs ability to oversee contracts held by the US Mission to Iraq, and specifically the 2005 contract awarded to DynCorp to provide aviation support services. The OIG questioned $932,644 in costs associated with expenses and found that while DynCorp was able to fulfill the majority of its contract missions, the Bureau of International Narcotics failed to maintain proper review processes.
FY 2014 Audits

Audit of the Contract Closeout Process for Contracts Supporting the U.S. Mission in Afghanistan

Author: DOS OIG
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For the past 12 years, the Department of State has relied on contracts with private companies for the provision of goods and services to support the US Mission in Afghanistan.  Total contracts expanded from 17 in 2002 to 1,464 in 2013.  With many of these contracts in the closeout phase, the DOS OIG contracted with an external audit company, Kearney and Company, to determine if contract closeout requirements were met.  This audit determined that the DOS did not meet Federal contract requirements for the 87 Afghanistan-related contracts included in the audit.  A lack of proper procedures and processes to transition contracts or maintain files regarding contract orders were determined to be the most pressing cause for the failure to properly oversee the large number of services provided under DOS contracts.

Audit of Personal Property Accountability at U.S. Mission Iraq

Author: DoS OIG
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In this report, the Inspector General finds that property records for Iraq were inaccurate and incomplete for several reasons, including the fact that the Department and U.S. Mission Iraq lacked effective processes for ensuring inventories were updated and items were tracked. Also, it reports the presence of incomplete contractor-held property and government-furnished equipment records.

Audit of Department of State Selection and Positioning of Contracting Officer’s Representatives

Author: DoS OIG
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This report follows on previous audits of the experience, positioning, and oversight of Contracting Oversight Representatives (COR) and Government Technical Monitors (GTM) within four State Department Bureaus: the Bureau of African Affairs (AF), the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO). This audit found that AF was not meeting standards, forcing it to employ third-party contractors. OIG also states that COR workforce management and planning needs to be improved throughout the State Department. 

Follow-up Audit of Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund Controls Over Contracting and Project Management and Integrity of Financial Data

Author: DOS OIG
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This audit by the DoS OIG concerns the Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund, an office within the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.  The NDF was created to help the US Government respond to nonproliferation opportunities around the world.  In 2012, the NDF was found to be deficient in maintaining and enforcing controls in financial and project management systems.  This audit finds that the NDF has made progresses in addressing the problems identified in 2012.

Management Assistance Report-Concerns With the Oversight of Medical Support Service Iraq Contract

Author: DOS OIG
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In May of 2011, the Department of State awarded a $1 billion, 5-year contract to CHS Middle East, LLC, for critical life support and health services to personnel under Chief of Mission authority in Iraq.  The DoS OIG identified concerns with the oversight of this Medical Support Service Iraq contract and performed an audit, uncovering several problems and making recommendations for urgent action.

Inspection of Embassy Abu Dhabi and Consulate General Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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This report is the result of an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the office, post, or function under review. It is based on interviews with employees and officials of relevant agencies and institutions, direct observation, and a review of applicable documents. The recommendations have been developed and discussed in draft with those responsible for implementation.

Audit of Bureau of Diplomatic Security Worldwide Protective Services Contract Task Order 10 Kabul Embassy Security Force

Author: DOS OIG
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Awarded in 2010, the Worldwide Protective Services provides the Department of State with security guards and specialized emergency services for the Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The contract was awarded to Aegis Defense Services and has been extended beyond it's initial one year task order.  The DOD IG audit finds numerous faults in the screening, hiring, and training processes for employees working on the task order.  Further, the audit examines time and attendance records and notes discrepancies between these and billable hours submitted for payment.
FY 2013 Audits

Audit of Bureau of Diplomatic Security Worldwide Protective Services Contract – Task Order 5 for Baghdad Movement Security

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This audit by the Inspector General examines the Worldwide Protective Services (WPS) contract by the Department of State. The WPS contract provides movement security, ermergency services, and guard services to DoS. In Iraq, this contract was awarded to Triple Canopy services. In general the IG found that State had too many contractors for the security needs of the embassy. 

Joint Strategic Oversight Plan for Afghanistan Reconstruction FY 2013

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A joint product of Department of Defense, Department of State, USAID and the Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction, this report defines a 13 point plan for the future of reconstruction in Afghanistan. Of note is Issue 13, which discusses the plans for improving contractor oversight and efficiency in Afghanistan. The report also briefly discusses the contractors overseeing the Afghan police and military training. 

FY 2012 Audits

Audit of Contracting Officers' Delegated Procurement Authority for Overseas Contract Awards (AUD/CG-12-33)

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The Department of State Office of Inspector General brought in an outside contractor to audit the work of State Contracting Officers (COs). There had been concern that COs awarding overseas contracts were overstepping their authority for the amount of the awards. The investigation found that the vast majority of COs were complying with the limits, while in 3 cases awards were made without the proper authority, sometimes overstepping the limits by $900,000. As a result, the report recommends some strengthening of internal controls for contracts.

Review of Best-Value Contracting for the Department of State Local Guard Program and the Utility of Expanding the Policy Beyond High-Threat Posts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (AUD/CG-12-27)

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The Inspector General determined in this report that best value contracting for local guard services would be more expensive than lower priced contracts. The OIG conducted a comparison of the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan – where contracts are awarded on best value – to all other overseas posts – which awards contracts for lowest price. However, the report finds that though more expensive, best value contracts need less oversight and improved contract performance.

FY 2011 Audits

DynCorp Operations and Maintenance Support at Camp Falcon in Kabul, Afghanistan (MERO I-11-12)

Author: DoS OIG
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Through a task order under the civilian police training contract, DynCorp provides operations and maintenance support for Camp Falcon. The team evaluated the quality of the services provided by DynCorp to determine whether the contractor fulfilled contract requirements for electric power generation, sanitation and sewage systems, pest control, and a static guard force. Among  other findings, the report states that DynCorp’s static guard force worked every day of 2-week pay periods without a break for  many as 24 consecutive pay periods, which is not in compliance with the task order.  

Audit of the Department of State Process To Award the Worldwide Protective Services Contract and Kabul Embassy Security Force Task Order (AUD/SI-12-17)

Author: DoS OIG
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The DoS OIG conducted this audit to determine whether the Department of State’s process to award the Worldwide Protective Services Contract and Kabul Embassy security task force order included required procedures to assess contractor responsibility, including past performance and technical merit. The report found that the Department did comply with Federal Acquisition Regulations, Department guidance and the WPPS solicitation, and technical and past performance evaluations were conducted. 

PAE Operations and Maintenance Support at Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (MERO-I-11-05)

Author: DoS OIG
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In 2005, PAE was awarded a contract to operations and maintenance contract for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. This review found that the Department of State’s oversight of PAE’s performance has been affected by the contracting officer’s lack of on-site management and a lack of continuity in contracting officer’s representatives. For example, PAE may be “double dipping” for labor charges and was paid to provide escort services for individuals without security clearances but did not do so for at least one year. 

Performance Evaluation of PAE Operations and Maintenance Support for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs' Counternarcotics Compounds in Afghanistan (MERO-I-11-02)

Author: DoS OIG
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In 2004, the Department of State awarded a contract to PAE to provide operations and maintenance support at two compounds used by specialized units within the Afghan counternarcotics police force which conduct sensitive investigations of major narcotics production and distribution networks. In this audit, OIG evaluated the quality of the services provided by PAE to determine whether they met contract specifications. It found that PAE’s ability to provide adequate support at the compounds has been negatively affected by weaknesses in State Department oversight of the contracts. 

Department of State Planning for the Transition to a Civilian-led Mission in Iraq (MERO-I-11-08)

Author: DoS OIG
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The aim of this review was to evaluate Embassy Baghdad and Department of State plans and activities associated with U.S. military downsizing in Iraq. According to the report, the Department faces many challenges in transitioning to a civilian-led effort in  Iraq, including: transfer of police training from DOD to the Department; providing protective security for contractor personnel working for the Bureau of International Narcotics  and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL); and establishment of an Office of Security Cooperation (OSC).

Training and Logistical Support for Palestinian Authority Security Forces (MERO-I-11-09)

Author: DoS OIG
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In November 2007, under a civilian police contract managed by the Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), DynCorp was awarded a task order focused on training and logistical support for the PASF in the West Bank. Since that time, INL, has obligated $98 million and expended approximately $72 million for PASF training and non-lethal equipment through the DynCorp task order. OIG’s evaluation revealed weaknesses in INL’s management and oversight of DynCorp’s performance. INL has not evaluated DynCorp’s performance in training or provision of U.S. Government-purchased and donated equipment against targets and goals because of a lack of performance measures.

Performance Evaluation of Department of State Contracts to Monitor Vulnerability to Trafficking in Persons Violations in the Levant (MERO-I-11-07)

Author: DoS OIG
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The DoS OIG initiated this evaluation to determine: (1) whether Department-funded contractors or subcontractors are engaged, knowingly or unknowingly, in acts related to trafficking in persons (TIP); and (2) whether U.S. embassies are following federal guidelines to effectively monitor Department-funded contractors and subcontractors and ascertain whether they are engaged in TIP-related acts. m. OIG found no evidence that contractors were engaged in sex trafficking or illicit activities related to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery as defined by U.S. law.

FY 2010 Audits

DOD Obligations and Expenditures of Funds Provided to the Department of State for the Training and Mentoring of the Afghan National Police (MERO-A-10-06)

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This audit reviewed the status of Afghanistan Security Forces funds that DOD provided to the Department of State (DOS) for the training of the Afghan  National Police (ANP), the contract  management activities, and the ability of the ANP training program to address the security  needs for Afghanistan.  The audit found that the DOS Civilian Police Program contract does not meet DOD’s needs in developing the ANP to provide security in countering the growing insurgency in Afghanistan.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security Baghdad Embassy Security Force (MERO-A-10-05)

Author: DoS OIG
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In July 2005, Triple Canopy, a private security company, was awarded the Department of State’s Baghdad Embassy Security Force (BESF) contract. Due to concerns about the Department’s exercise of control over the performance of security contractors, this review was conducted to determine, in part: (1) the requirements and provisions of the contract; (2) how well the Department has administered the contract to provide proper oversight of Triple Canopy’s performance in Baghdad, Iraq; and (3) the sufficiency of Triple Canopy’s training, qualification, and personnel records for security guards.

Evaluation of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program for Embassy Baghdad (MERO-A-10-12)

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In June 2004, the Department of State signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Defense under which the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) contract, through the contractor Kellogg Brown & Root, would provide logistical services to support embassy operations within Baghdad’s International Zone. The objective of this review was to determine whether the Department of State effectively managed the LOGCAP contract in Iraq. Findings revealed that a lack of detailed data has hindered the ability of the Department to determine whether contractor staffing levels are commensurate with the workload and to detect instances of waste or fraud.

Inspection of Humanitarian Mine Action Programs in Iraq (ISP-I-10-41)

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According to this audit, although the Department of State has spent over $120 million since 2003 for mine action in areas controlled by the Iraqi  Government in Baghdad, it has resulted in little clearance of the  estimated 20 million mines or other unexploded ordnance. Among other findings, it found that security concerns and limited personnel resources have severely limited oversight of contractors and grantees. This is particularly serious given concerns about the appearance of “bleed-over” between contractors’ Department-funded activities and other business pursuits.

The Second Worldwide Personal Protective Services Contract: Management by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and Contractor Performance, Capping Report (MERO-I-10-08)

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Under the WPPS II contract, private firms have provided personal security and movement protection for diplomats, as well as static guard forces at U.S. overseas posts. The DoS OIG conducted a series of performance audits of the WPPS II contracts, finding U.S. Government direct-hire staffing problems, as well as issues associated with accounting for contractor personnel. These issues weakened management and oversight of the WPPS II contract and task orders. Further, while the security contractors generally carried out their protective duties satisfactorily, OIG found issues with personal security specialist training, the ability to fill some contractor positions, inventory and storage of U.S. Government property. 

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security Kabul Embassy Security Force (MERO-A-10-11)

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The Kabul Embassy Security Force (KESF), provided through a contract with Armor Group of North America (AGNA), has ensured the safety of chief of mission personnel in Kabul. Among other findings, this audit revealed that AGNA has not been able to recruit, train, or manage the KESF at the staffing level or the quality required by its contract with the Department of State; AGNA has employed Nepalese guards without verifiable experience, training,  or background investigations in violation of its contract; AGNA cannot account for U.S. Government-furnished weapons;  and AGNA does not adequately maintain training records.

FY 2009 Audits

Performance Evaluation of the DynCorp Contract for Personal Protective Services in Iraq (MERO-IQO-09-06)

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This evaluation was conducted in response to concerns about the State Department’s exercise of control over the performance of private security firms in Iraq. DynCorp was contracted to provide personal protection to officials who fall under chief of mission authority in northern Iraq. The review found that DynCorp’s personal protection was effective in ensuring the safety of chief of mission personnel in northern Iraq, though Department of State oversight was lacking. 

Performance Audit of Embassy Baghdad’s Transition Planning for a Reduced United States Military Presence in Iraq (MERO-A-09-10)

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This report covers the time period from December 2008 to June 2009 and assesses the Embassy Baghdad and other Department plans and activities associated with U.S. military downsizing in Iraq. Among other findings, the audit revealed that the Embassy Baghdad needs to (1) develop a plan to provide effective management and oversight of contractors and ensure the timely completion of projects; and (2) determine what Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) services will be required and ensure adequate, qualified contract management personnel are available to manage and oversee the LOGCAP contract. 

Review of Diplomatic Security's Management of Personal Protective Services in Iraq (MERO-IQO-09-02)

Author: DoS OIG
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Among other findings, this review revealed that the Bureau of Diplomatic Security does not have a strong control environment to ensure the Worldwide Personal Protective Services (WPPS) contract is effectively managed, assets are safeguarded, and laws and regulations are in compliance. Moreover, the Embassy Baghdad’s use of contractors to manage and control government-furnished equipment may violate Federal Acquisition Regulation policy that contractors shall not be used for the performance of “inherently governmental” function

Performance Evaluation of the U.S. Training Center Contract for Personal Protective Services in Afghanistan (MERO-A-09-08)

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According to this evaluation, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security generally manages the U.S. Training Center contract well. However, with an increased number of personal protective service operations in Afghanistan, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may require a dedicated Contracting Officer’s Representative to provide proper oversight of activities and private security contractors. 

Status of the Secretary of State’s Panel on Personal Protective Services in Iraq Report Recommendations (MERO-IQO-09-01)

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In October 2007, the Secretary of State’s Panel on Personal Protective Services in Iraq (The Panel), composed of outside experts, was assembled to review the Department’s security practices in Iraq following the Nisoor Square incident and to provide recommendations to strengthen the coordination, oversight, and accountability of Embassy Baghdad’s security practices. This report examines the status of The Panel’s recommendations and whether changes in operations enhanced the protection of U.S. mission personnel and furthered U.S. foreign policy objectives.

Review of the Roles, Staffing, and Effectiveness of Regional Embassy Office in Iraq (MERO-IQO-09-09)

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This review of regional offices in Iraq found that total U.S. Government staffing for the Regional Embassy Office in Basra, the Regional Reconstruction Team in Erbil, and the Regional Embassy Office in Hillah was 265. A total of 1027 contractors provided life support and personal protective services. These numbers resulted in a ratio of nearly four life support and personal security contractors to every one U.S. Government staff member at these Regional Embassy Offices and Regional Reconstruction Team.

Interim Report on Role, Staffing, and Effectiveness of the Regional Embassy Office in Hillah, Iraq (MERO-IQO-09-04)

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According to this report, the Department of State spends more than $75 million annually, and employs nearly 700 people to secure, operate and maintain the Regional Embassy Office in Hillah. The Embassy Baghdad calculates an annual security cost of $55 million to support approximately 300 Blackwater personal security specialists and a perimeter guard force. KBR is the primary contractor for life support services, operations and maintenance, provided at an estimated cost of $20 million each year. This report recommends closing the Hillah Office, which could result in a huge cost savings to the U.S. government. 

Memorandum Report on the Preliminary Review of the Second Worldwide Personal Protective Services (WPPS II) Contract Task Orders (MERO-A-09-12)

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The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security contracts with three private companies for personal protective services around the world, including in Jerusalem, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The DoS IG was set to audit these companies and their work, though as this memo explains there was insufficient evidence to conduct a performance evaluation. 

Performance Evaluation of the Triple Canopy Contract for Personal Protective Services in Jerusalem (MERO-IQO-09-05)

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Triple Canopy protects U.S. Government personnel carrying out official business in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the West Bank.  This evaluation found that Triple Canopy’s personal protective services have effectively ensured the safety of chief of mission personnel. Triple Canopy has recruited an experienced pool of personal security specialists and established a satisfactory continuing professional education program focused on a number of training topics. However, the Department of State’s oversight of this contract needs some improvement. 

Performance Evaluation of the Triple Canopy Contract for Personal Protective Services in Iraq (MERO-IQO-09-03)

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This performance evaluation found that Triple Canopy’s personal protection operation has been highly effective in ensuring the safety of chief of mission personnel. However, Embassy Baghdad has had significant problems managing and monitoring Triple Canopy’s performance due to frequent staff turnover and gaps in coverage, inadequate contract monitoring training, failure to maintain contract files, and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security special agents’ focus on the protection and safety of personnel, making contractor oversight a secondary responsibility.

Joint Review with SIGIR of the Blackwater Contract for Worldwide Personal Protective Services (AUD/IQO-09-16)

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The Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security is responsible for protecting personnel, facilities, and information—both domestic and abroad.  In mid-2004, the Department negotiated sole-source letter contracts with Blackwater Security Consulting for personal security services in Iraq.  In June 2005, the Department awarded its second Worldwide Personal Protective Services contract to three companies, one being Blackwater. This report focuses on these Blackwater contracts and identifies improvements needed in administering the contract and providing more stringent oversight of Blackwater’s cost and performance in Iraq.

FY 2007 Audits

Accounting for Government-Owned Personal Property Held by Selected Contractors in Afghanistan (AUD/IQO-07-48)

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted this audit to determine whether the Department could account for the government-owned personal property and equipment furnished to and purchased by DynCorp International, LLC, and Blackwater USA under the Civilian Police, Weapons Removal and Abatement Program (WRAP), and Worldwide Personal Protective Services (WPPS) contracts for programs in Afghanistan. OIG found that the Department could not account for all property furnished to and purchased by the contractors. Contractor property lists were incomplete and, therefore, unreliable.

Independent Auditor’s Report on the Application of Agreed-upon Procedures Related to Selected DynCorp Invoices (AUD/FM-07-41)

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This audit was conducted in response to a Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) request to assess its process for reviewing and approving DynCorp International invoices related to the Jordan International Police Training Center (JIPTC). Overall, OIG found that INL did not have an effective process in place. For example, INL approved payments without assurance that the work or services were completed satisfactorily.

FY 2005 Audits

Agreed-upon Procedures of Daily Direct Labor, Aerial Support Equipment and Indirect Expense Rates Proposed by Blackwater Security Consultants, Contractor’s Accounting System and Timekeeping Procedures (AUD/IQO-05-13)

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The contract at issue in this audit is for Protective Security Services for the American Diplomatic Mission in Iraq and the American Ambassador to Iraq and his residence in Iraq. The audit disclosed that the contractor's current timekeeping procedures are deficient and that its current accounting system is not considered adequate to support billings for services rendered. 

Semiannual Reports to Congress

2017 Semiannual Reports to Congress

Semiannual Report to the Congress October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017

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In its first 2017 Semiannual Report to Congress, the Department of State Office of the Inspector General summarizes the results of its evaluation of progress being made in several critical programs, including ensuring the s ecurity of personnel and diplomatic facilities, management of contracts, particularly in conflict zones, and information security and management. 
2016 Semiannual Reports to Congress

Semiannual Report to the Congress April 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016

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In its second 2016 Semiannual Report to Congress, the Department of State Office of the Inspector General focuses largely on force and instalation safety. The report also highlights several audits the OIG undertook to examine improper payment requirements aswell as investigations into fraud and waste.

Semiannual Report to the Congress October 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016

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In its first 2016 Semiannual Report to Congress, the Department of State Office of the Inspector General summarizes the results of its evaluation of progress being made in several critical programs, including funding for procedural security standards at high-threat-level posts, contract management and grant evaluation in high threat regions, and increased development of information technology systems management. 
2015 Semiannual Reports to Congress

Semiannual Report to the Congress April 1, 2015 - September 30, 2015

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In its second 2015 Semiannual Report to Congress, the Department of State Office of the Inspector General summarizes the results of approximately $14.6 billion for contracted services and $1.5 billion in grants throughout FY 2014. Over $37 million in questioned costs are highlighted by the OIG in this report. The OIG identified several key deficiencies in grant and contract management including: the lack of annual procurement plans; files that lacked required documentation; and failure to properly designate, train, and certify grants officer representatives.

Semiannual Report to the Congress October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015

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In this Semiannual Report, the DOS OIG investigated 30 contractors with the largest dollar amount of all DOS contracts in regards to confidentiality agreements or policies.  The OIG provides recommendations to ensure that such policies do not prevent employees from reporting fraud, waste, and abuse. The OIG also reviewed what had been previously characterized as a staffing shortfall in the Kabul Embassy Security Force and determined that the staffing levels exceeded contractual obligations. In all, the OIG produced 22 audit- related documents and 22 inspection-related products.
2014 Semiannual Reports to Congress

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: October 2013 to March 2014

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In this report from the Office of the Inspector General, it assesses the Department of State's process for requesting, prioritizing, and funding physical-security-related activities at overseas posts and for selecting an outside contractor to prepare the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline project. It analyzes physical and information security, contract and grant management, and Department's closeout process for contracts supporting the U.S. Mission in Iraq.

Semiannual Report to the Congress April 1, 2014 - September 30, 2014

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In its second Semiannual Report to Congress of 2014, the Department of State Office of the Inspector General reviewed high and medium-risk contracts to assess the adequacy of contract administration and oversight. Several deficiencies were identified that potentially prevented to the Department from having reasonable assurance that contracts were performed as dictated in contract and grant awards.  The OIG also found none of the six security contractors included in the review completed all vetting requirements detailed in Local Guard Program contracts.  Oversight of these contracts was also lacking at the level of the regional security officers.
2013 Semiannual Reports to Congress

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: October 2012 to March 2013

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In this report from the Office of the Inspector General, it determined that the contractor movement security staffing requirements for Baghdad, Iraq, exceeded actual staffing needs. It comments upon overstaffing due to the Department not adequately conducting a needs analysis for staffing requirements before it awarded the task order, and not not monitoring the actual number of security personnel being used during performance.

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: April 2013 to September 2013

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In this report, the Department of State's Office of Inspector General summarizes the audits, inspections, investigations, international broadcasting, and congressional testimony and briefings with regard to BBG programs and operations for the previous six months. In particular, OIG made recommendations for the Department to determine the full extent to which the contractor had complied with the contract’s supplemental wage allowance provision and to instruct applicable contracting officer’s representatives to verify that the contractor pays the supplemental wage allowance to local guards.

2012 Semiannual Reports to Congress

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress October 2011 to March 2012

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In this report, the Inspector General remarks on the audits and findings of the Office of Inspector General through the previous 6 months. The report noted the good practices of awarding the Worldwide Protective Personnel Services contract, while also documenting a few cases of misconduct by contractors and U.S. personnel in Iraq. However, in comparison to previous semiannual reports there was relatively little fraud and abuse with private security or general contractors of the U.S. government.

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: April 2012 to September 2012

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In this report to Congress, the Department of State Inspector General summarizes the audits and inspections from the last year. The report highlights instances of private security contractor waste, notably one case in which an unnamed security contractor violated the U.S. Arms Export Control Act. 

2011 Semiannual Reports to Congress

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: October 2010 to March 2011

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In this report from the Office of the Inspector General, the review identifies the system wide weakness of contractor PAE in fulfilling its Afghanistan contracts adequately. The report also investigates multiple contractors across countries for evidence of trafficking in persons. It finds that while contractors have not violated the law, they have increased the risk of trafficking through careless policies. 

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: April 2011 to September 2011

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In this report from the Office of the Inspector General, the review examines the implementation and oversight of DOD contracts in the training of the Afghan National Police and finds several areas for improvement. In addition, the report outlines the major flaws of a security contractors in Afghanistan. The report also discusses the work of DynCorp in Palestine and at Camp Falcon in Kabul.

2010 Semiannual Reports to Congress

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: April 2010 to September 2010

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In this report from the Office of the Inspector General, the document reviews the Second Worldwide Personal Protective Services Contract (WPPS), and the involvement of security contractors in Jerusalem, Iraq and Afghanistan. The report also conducts a performance review of Armor Group in providing protection to U.S. Embassy Kabul. Cost overruns by DynCorp in its security sector transformation contract for South Sudan are also investigated in the report. 

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: October 2009 to March 2010

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In this report, the Office of the Inspector General discusses the new embassy compound in Iraq, focusing on the deficiencies of First Kuwait Trading and Contracting in fulfilling the contract. The report also discusses DynCorp's implementation of the Air Wing in Afghanistan/Pakistan, as well as DynCorp's ordnance destruction program in Afghanistan. The report notes the poor living conditions of security contract personnel in Baghdad. Finally, the report recommends the increased use and better training of Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs) to oversee contracts. 

 

2009 Semiannual Reports to Congress

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: April 2009 to September 2009

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In this report, the Office of the Inspector General conducts an extensive performance review of Triple Canopy's contracts in Iraq and Jerusalem, DynCorp's contracts in Iraq, U.S. Training Center's facility in Afghanistan, and Blackwater's contracts in Iraq. Each of the private security companies was found to have good practices, but the report identified several failings. The report also covers the Bureau of African Affairs and their use of contracting, as well as that of Embassy Jakarta. 

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: October 2008 to March 2009

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In this report from the Office of the Inspector General, the office undertakes a detailed look into the use of private security contractors in Iraq and in particular by Embassy Baghdad. The report finds that while private contractors have been crucial to security, the proliferation of companies has reduced effective management. The OIG report also examines the procurement contracts for the building of the Embassy compound in Baghdad. 

2008 Semiannual Reports to Congress

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: October 2007 to March 2008

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In this report from the Office of the Inspector General, the office recommends procedures to be taken to address the failures of Blackwater and DynCorp to document and use government property. The report recommends a better property control system, and outlines several steps in order to resolve the 2.9 million and 25.5 million disputed costs with the contractors. 

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: April 2008 to September 2008

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In this report from the Office of the Inspector General, the report documents several investigations into individual mismanagement of contractors by State employees. The report also discusses the need to use the internal department Watchlist for identifying problem contractors, in order to avoid continued awarding of contracts to companies on the Watchlist. 

2007 Semiannual Reports to Congress

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: October 2006 to March 2007

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In this report from the Inspector General, evaluations of U.S. State Department operations were conducted. The awarding of contracts by the BBG Middle East Broadcast Network were investigated for not following proper competitive procedures. In addition, the report finds that accounting standards for Iraqi police training contracts are lax, and discusses the work of a subcontractor in assessing the vulnerability of Agency IT networks.

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: April 2007 to September 2007

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In this report from the Inspector General, the office investigates extensively the activities of Blackwater and DynCorp in Afghanistan. The report finds that the two contractors significantly neglected in the reporting upon their use of government owned property and failed to account for many purchases and costs. The report also continues its investigation into DynCorp with the Jordanian Police Force. 

2006 Semiannual Reports to Congress

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: April 2006 to September 2006

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In this report from the Inspector General, evaluations of U.S. State Department operations were conducted. The report investigates a contract termination settlement with Kellogg, Brown and Root, Inc and its subcontractor Morrison International Construction. In addition, the report contains reports from audits – undertaken by contracted auditors – of U.S. agencies and contractors such as the Choctaw Archiving Inc. The report notes the continued work into identifying contractors and best practices of Information Technology Services. 

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: October 2005 to March 2006

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In this report from the Inspector General, evaluations of U.S. State Department operations were conducted. The OIG report finds that contractors in general have been receiving some materials that are unaccounted for. In addition, the contractor DECO, Inc. was found to be keeping inaccurate timekeeping and had double-billed the Department. The OIG report also follows up its previous reports into police training activities in Iraq, Jordan and Afghanistan, noting the substantial investment and use of contractors in the projects. 

2005 Semiannual Reports to Congress

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: October 2004 to March 2005

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In this report from the Inspector General, evaluations of U.S. State Department operations are conducted. The OIG notes poor financial oversight of DynCorp in Afghanistan, as well as discrepancies in the DynCorp operation training Jordanian Police. In addition, the report discusses the need for contractors worldwide to enhance U.S. work, and highlights the large number of contractors working at the Iraqi Embassy. 

DoS OIG Semiannual Report to the Congress: April 2005 to September 2005

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In this report from the Inspector General, evaluations of U.S. State Department operations are conducted. The OIG report finds that a review of all the contractors associated with the oversight of Information Technology services should be conducted. The report also outlines the results of audits of several major contractors, including DynCorp and Kellogg, Brown and Root. 

Trafficking in Persons Reports to Congress

Summary of 2009 Trafficking in Persons Activities and Findings by the DoS OIG

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In this summary upon Trafficking in Persons, the Office of Inspector General analyzes possible infractions at U.S. operations around the world. The report finds no significant issues by Triple Canopy in Iraq. The report also outlines the OIG plans for investigating trafficking in persons around the world, but especially in Middle East countries with little to no government laws to prevent trafficking. 

Summary of 2010 Trafficking in Persons Activities and Findings by the DoS OIG

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In this Summary to the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Office of Inspector General reports that of the countries inspected- Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates – no evidence of contractor violation of the trafficking in persons was found. The report identifies some practices which increase the risk of TIP. Other investigations were carried out in 10 departments, 3 contracts, and a 32 country survey. The results indicate that in general, TIP guidelines are being met, but can be improved. 

Summary of 2012 Trafficking in Persons Activities and Findings by the DoS OIG

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In this summary of 2012 Trafficking in Persons report, the Office of Inspector General evaluated recommendations issued for the Embassies in the Middle East. It addresses the need for improving employment and living conditions for foreign contracted workers and for improving contract monitoring for potential trafficking in persons violations, and appends new recommendations for the relevant authorities. 

2014 Trafficking in Persons Report

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In this 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, it addresses the issue of unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers. Although its primary concern is not private military and security companies, the report analyzes that many children are forcibly abducted to be used as combatants by government armed forces, paramilitary organizations, or rebel groups.

Summary of 2011 Trafficking in Persons Activities and Findings by the DoS OIG

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In this summary of evaluating activities and findings related to the 2011 Trafficking in Persons report, OIG found no direct evidence that contractors had violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 or Federal Acquisition Regulation clause 52.222-50, "Combating Trafficking in Persons." However, using the International Labor Organization indicators for trafficking, OIG found several contractor practices that increased the risk of TIP.

2013 Trafficking in Persons Report

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The 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report covers victims of human exploitation worldwide. Although the report does not directly discuss private security contractors, country narratives briefs on the human trafficking involving military personnel. For instance, the US Department of Defense reported five investigation that included human trafficking crimes involving military personnel.

2012 Trafficking in Persons Report

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The 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report covers abuse worldwide. However, the report discusses contractors and human trafficking only very briefly, and private security contractors are non-existent in the report. Perhaps the most relevant section is the report upon the United States, which details the new anti-trafficking laws of U.S. federal agencies and also addresses the media reports of trafficked individuals in the workforce of DoD subcontracters in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Overseas Contingency Operations Reports to Congress

FY 2017 Comprehensive Oversight Plan for Overseas Contingency Operations

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In the FY 2017  Comprehensive Oversight Plan for Overseas Contingency Operations, the strategic plan submitted to Congress describes a whole-of-government approach to oversight activities in support of ongoing overseas contingency operations and oversight efforts in Southwest Asia. Oversight departments involved in the report are the Department of State OIG, Department of Defense OIG, and USAID OIG, in coordination with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the U.S. Army Audit Agency (AAA), the Naval Audit Service (NAVAUDSVC), the U.S. Air Force Audit Agency (AFAA), the Offices of the Inspectors General at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). It gives an overview of all oversight projects being undertaken by the various agencies. 

 
Operation Inherent Resolve

Operation Inherent Resolve FY 2015 Joint Strategic Oversight Plan 

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In a 2015 Joint Strategic Oversight Plan Report to Congress, the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Inherent Resolve and ongoing operations against ISIS. This is the first strategic plan for the operation, so this plan will provide coordination and structure for oversight during the duration of the operation. 

Operation Inherent Resolve Report to Congress April 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

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In a 2017 Report to Congress, the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Inherent Resolve and ongoing operations against ISIS. This report includes discussion of completed investigations and the 83  OIR-related ongoing investigations pertaining to alleged procurement fraud, corruption, and trafficking in persons. There is also information in the report regarding unclear lines of authority in Syrian policy coordination.

Operation Inherent Resolve Report to Congress December 17, 2014 - March 31, 2015

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In a 2015 Report to Congress, the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Inherent Resolve and ongoing operations against ISIS. This is the first report through this mechanism. As such, it lays out the way future reports will be structured as well as establish an overarching strategic plan. 

Operation Inherent Resolve Report to Congress April 1, 2015 - June 30, 2015

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In a 2015 Report to Congress, the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Inherent Resolve and ongoing operations against ISIS. This report looks at various efforts in the counter-ISIS strategy, including governance efforts in Iraq, diplomatic efforts, anti-terrorism finance strategies, and train and equip programs for the Iraq security forces.

Operation Inherent Resolve Report to Congress January 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017

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In a 2017 Report to Congress, the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Inherent Resolve and ongoing operations against ISIS. For this report, lead inspectors from several agencies traveled in the operational theater. They also discuss completed investigations and the  72 OIR-related investigations pertaining to alleged procurement fraud, corruption, and trafficking in persons. There is also information in the report regarding alleged falsification of evidence among senior US officials. 

Operation Inherent Resolve Report to Congress April 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016

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In a 2016 Report to Congress, the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Inherent Resolve and ongoing operations against ISIS. This report looks at the current status of US activities to degrade ISIS capabilities and retake territory. It also looks at ongoing fraud and waste investigations.

Operation Inherent Resolve Report to Congress October 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

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In a 2016 Report to Congress, the Department of State Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Inherent Resolve and ongoing operations against ISIS. This report details the key events occurring under Operation Inherent Resolve, notable the liberation of most of Mosul from ISIS. It also discusses the strategic oversight planning for FY 2018 and r eleased
10 reports while conducting 50 OIR-related investigations pertaining to alleged procurement or program fraud, corruption, and trafficking in persons.

Operation Inherent Resolve Report to Congress October 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015

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In a 2015 Report to Congress, the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Inherent Resolve and ongoing operations against ISIS. This report looks at the ongoing efforts against ISIS in Syria and Iraq and their impact on  retaking cities, destroying oil infrastructure and supply routes, and killing key ISIS fighters. It also looks at challenges such as stabilization, clearing explosives from liberated areas, and evaluating the needs of internally displaced persons.

Operation Inherent Resolve Report to Congress March 31, 2016

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In a 2016 Report to Congress, the Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Inherent Resolve and ongoing operations against ISIS. This report looks at the ongoing efforts against ISIS, including the retaking of Ramadi. Other oversight activities look at Department of State governance activities, training effors of national security forces, and USAID grant and disaster assistance programs. 

Operation Inherent Resolve Report to Congress July 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016

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In its 2016 Report to Congress, the Department of State Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Inherent Resolve and ongoing operations against ISIS. This report looks at the efficiency of the strategic effort to counter as well as provide oversight and cost management recommendations. The focus of this report was the conditions faced by US forces in Iraq and equipment procurement for the Army.
Operation Freedom's Sentinel

Operation Freedom's Sentinel Report to Congress April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017

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In a 2017 Report to Congress, the Department of State Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Freedom's Sentinel and ongoing operations against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as the NATO mission to build the Afghani security forces. This was the first quarterly report to include a classified appendix regarding counterterrorism missions under operation Freedom;s Sentinel and also included information regarding troop increases in the region.  

Operation Freedom's Sentinel Report to Congress July 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016

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In a 2016 Report to Congress, the Department of State Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Freedom's Sentinel and ongoing operations against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as the NATO mission to build the Afghani security forces. Examples of topics covered by this report include a finding on lessons learned regarding corruption in Afghanistan, findings from an ongoing investigation on waste, fraud, and abuse from the mission, and an assessment of the efforts of US and NATO forces to train Afghan National Army Special Operations Forces. 

Operation Freedom's Sentinel Report to Congress April 1, 2015 to June 2015

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In a 2015 Report to Congress, the Department of State Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Freedom's Sentinel and ongoing operations against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as the NATO mission to build the Afghani security forces. This was the first quarterly report on the Operation, so this report lays the groundwork for future oversight as well as gives an overview of the situation at hand. 

Operation Freedom's Sentinel Report to Congress October 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

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In a 2016 Report to Congress, the Department of State Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Freedom's Sentinel and ongoing operations against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as the NATO mission to build the Afghani security forces. This report looks at the Taliban effort to regain a provincial capital and other territory and the Afghan security forces successful effort to repel them. Examples of other topics covered by this report include an evaluation of the gradual institutional capacity building of Afghan security forces and 22 ongoing  OFS-related investigations pertaining to alleged procurement, program, or
grant fraud; corruption; and trafficking in persons.
 

Operation Freedom's Sentinel Report to Congress March 31, 2016

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In a 2016 Report to Congress, the Department of State Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Freedom's Sentinel and ongoing operations against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as the NATO mission to build the Afghani security forces. Examples of topics covered by this report include  DoD contract management and support; efforts to train, advise and equip the Afghan security forces; DoD intelligence training objectives; and counterterrorism
activities. 

Operation Freedom's Sentinel Report to Congress January 1, 2017 to March 31,2017

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In a 2017 Report to Congress, the Department of State Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Freedom's Sentinel and ongoing operations against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as the NATO mission to build the Afghani security forces. Covered in this report are several audits, including one on the lack of oversight and control by Afghan and coalition authorities over U.S.-funded contracts that provide fuel to the Afghan army. The audit determined that the fuel could not be verified as used for intended purposes, so it was uncertain that the $174.7 million in funding was used for its intended purpose. 

Operation Freedom's Sentinel Report to Congress April 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016

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In a 2016 Report to Congress, the Department of State Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Freedom's Sentinel and ongoing operations against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as the NATO mission to build the Afghani security forces. Examples of topics covered by this report include a summary of completed, planned, and ongoing oversight operations, an overview of the status of capacity building for Afghan security forces in an unstable environment, and intelligence training and counterterrorism operations. 

Operation Freedom's Sentinel Report to Congress September 30, 2015

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In a 2015 Report to Congress, the Department of State Lead Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations examined Operation Freedom's Sentinel and ongoing operations against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as the NATO mission to build the Afghani security forces. Examples of topics covered by this report include the effectiveness and sustainability of the two missions as well as counterterrorism and intelligence operations.