Opportunities to Improve Management of the Quick Response Fund

Opportunities to Improve Management of the Quick Response Fund

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The Quick Response Fund program (QRF) was created by the Department of State (DoS) in 2007 to allow Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) in Iraq to support initiatives that promote efforts by community-based leaders and organizations to improve their communities' access to public services, economic opportunities, employment, and education. The U.S. Embassy's Office of Provincial Affairs (OPA) reviews and selects projects and either OPA or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) carries them out. The USAID component of the QRF is the Iraq Rapid Assistance Program (IRAP). For this report, SIGIR's objectives were to answer the following general questions: (1) Are appropriate management controls in place and properly implemented to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse of QRF resources?; (2) Have performance goals, metrics, and processes been developed and implemented to assess program performance and results?; and (3) How have program funds been allocated and expended? SIGIR makes three recommendations to OPA intended to improve program results assessments, QRF documentation, and training. USAID generally agreed with the findings in this report but believes it is too early in the process to measure results. The U.S. Embassy-Iraq also agreed with the findings in the report. OPA provided technical comments that SIGIR included where appropriate.
Publisher: [Arlington, Va.?] : Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, [2009]
Characteristics: 1 online resource (iii, 22 p.) : digital, PDF file

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