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2010-01-22 09:27:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michael Wheeler, a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, was sentenced late yesterday to 42 months in prison for his participation in a wide-ranging bribery conspiracy involving the U.S. government, the Republic of Iraq and the Coalition Provisional Authority - South Central Region (CPA-SC) in Al-Hillah, Iraq, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. Wheeler was also sentenced by U.S....

2009-05-06 11:40:00

BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Ambassador Christopher R. Hill and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Iraq Director Christopher D. Crowley, in partnership with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Rafe H. Al-Eissawi, opened a two-day conference that marked another milestone in Iraq's rebuilding efforts. The conference brought together ministers, director generals, and governors from six central provinces of Iraq to work together to improve the provision of...

2008-09-20 12:00:47

Baghdad Al-Iraqiyah Television in Arabic - government-sponsored television station, run by the Iraqi Media Network - at 0813 gmt on 17 September carries a live news conference in Baghdad on "plans to providing services to the Iraqi central and southern governorates." Speaking in English, transcribed from English; in progress, an American identified as ambassador opens the news conference by saying: ..."By enabling an exchange of ideas among the various levels of government and helping...

2008-07-28 12:00:28

Lucrative construction projects in Iraq are ending with work incomplete and millions of dollars wasted, government regulators said. The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said Parsons, a contractor from Pasadena, Calif., was paid $142 million to build civic facilities, but far less was accomplished under this contract than originally planned. Only a third of Parsons' $333 million in projects were completed, The Washington Post reported Monday. The company's problems were...

2008-07-02 15:00:45

["People's Talk" programme, featuring an interview with Iraqi Oil Minister Dr Husayn al-Shahrastani, by Zaynah al-Alusi, in the studio - Live or recorded] Baghdad Al-Iraqiyah Television in Arabic at 1903 on 30 June carries a live or recorded interview with Iraqi Oil Minister Dr Husayn al-Shahrastani within its "People's Talk" programme. The interview is conducted by Zaynah al-Alusi in the studio. Asked that the people talk about a "reduction in the prices of oil byproducts, particularly...

2006-08-31 09:05:00

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD -- The U.S. government should have been quicker to employ local firms to help rebuild Iraq instead of relying on U.S. corporations whose contracts gave them no incentive to minimize costs, a U.S. official said on Thursday. The top U.S. auditor for Iraqi reconstruction also said it was too early to say whether Iraqis would "get value for money" from the $22 billion Washington is investing on rebuilding postwar Iraq. The program has been beset by complaints of waste,...

2006-08-01 23:20:45

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States should create a reserve force of civilian contractors to be deployed for relief and rebuilding operations as needed, the government's independent inspector for Iraq reconstruction recommended on Wednesday. In a report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen also said contractors with expertise in special reconstruction areas should be prequalified, to make the contracting process more...

2006-07-29 23:45:12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department agency in charge of $1.4 billion for reconstruction projects in Iraq used an accounting shell game to hide cost overruns and failed to tell Congress about schedule delays, The New York Times reported on Sunday. A report by the independent Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said the U.S. Agency for International Development listed project overruns as overhead or administrative costs. USAID is the agency is charge of...


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