Bremer's Next Insurgency: Auditors

Vulnerable areas of CPA funds spark questioning

Less than than two months after former Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) administrator L. Paul Bremer received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a scathing audit by a longtime confidante of George W. Bush is bashing Bremer's agency for failing to establish "adequate financial controls," leaving some fiscal reporting systems "either weak or non-existent." The audit charges that the CPA left large portions of the $8.8 billion Iraqi treasury "open to fraud, kickbacks, and misappropriation of funds," according to a draft obtained by TIME. The report was written by Stuart Bowen, a lawyer from Texas who became special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction....

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