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Stuart Bowen Under Investigation
White House Confirms "Integrity Office" Scrutinizing IG for Iraq Reconstruction
05/02/2007 5:48 PM ET
Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction
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Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction

A special White House office on integrity has opened an investigation into the activities of the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, Stuart Bowen, a White House spokesperson said on Wednesday.

In his position as inspector general, Bowen and his office have issued regular reports documenting the misuse of reconstruction funds, corruption pervading the contract bidding process, and the failure of numerous infrastructure re-building projects.

Reuters reports that White House spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore announced on Wednesday that, "Complaints against Mr. Bowen are being looked at by the integrity committee of the PCIE (President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency)," but offered no details about the investigation or the nature of the complaints against Bowen.

Several former employees of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, SIGIR, filed complaints about Bowen in 2006, focusing on charges that he failed to come to work for long periods at a time, and used SIGIR staff to work on a book about the broad lessons of Iraq reconstruction, said one former SIGIR employee, who asked not to be named.

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