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POGO Applauds Senate Legislation Extending SIGIR's Term

November 15, 2006 


WASHINGTON--The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is pleased the U.S. Senate has voted to extend the term of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) until late 2008.

The U.S. Senate voted late Tuesday for the legislation that was introduced by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Russ Feingold (D-WI).

The language, which is part of the FY07 Military Construction Appropriations bill, overturns language approved last month that ends SIGIR’s term on October 1, 2007 whether or not Iraq reconstruction spending was complete.

Specifically, the legislation would reinstate SIGIR’s previous schedule that would keep the office functioning until ten months after 80 percent of the Iraq reconstruction funds have been spent.

“With roughly $32 billion being spent for Iraq reconstruction it would have been irresponsible to end SIGIR’s term so abruptly and on the sly,” said Danielle Brian, POGO’s executive director. “We are glad the Senate has voted to continue the strong oversight conducted from this important office and hope the entire Congress will follow the Senate’s lead.”

According to Sen. Feingold’s office, SIGIR has issued 73 audit reports and 65 project assessments, and the office’s work has resulted in the arrest of five people, and the convictions of four, with more than $17 million in assets seized.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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