Question: What is the State Department’s reaction to a recent report on corruption that lists Iraq as one of the worst offenders?
Answer: We agree that corruption remains a significant obstacle in Iraq, a problem that both the Iraqi Government and the U.S. have taken a strong interest in addressing. The Government of Iraq continues to take steps to increase its ability to fight corruption. In May 2010, the GOI launched a comprehensive national anti-corruption strategy in coordination with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). UNDP is helping the Iraqi government implement the national anti-corruption strategy at both the central and provincial government levels.
The nature of corruption in Iraq requires a system-wide approach. As such, USG anti-corruption programs focus on a broad range of areas including economic systems reform, public awareness campaigns, strengthening civil society organizations and increasing investigation and enforcement capacity within key GOI institutions such as the Commission on Integrity, the Corps of Inspectors General, and the Board of Supreme Audit. USG funding for anti-corruption programs will continue to play an important role in our overall assistance to Iraq.