Program Review Board (PRB) Minutes – Oct. 08, 2003
*Heidi Venemore Representative of the government of Australia
*Nick Harvey Representative of the UK Government
COL Paul Hough CPA Comptroller
COL Tony Bell CPA – Head of Contracting Activities
*LTC Terry Ross Coalition Joint Task Force-7 Deputy Comptroller
*George Wolfe Director, Economic Development
*Suzanne Schaffrath Representative of Governance
*COL Mike Kirsch Directorate of Operations and Infrastructure, Chief of Staff
*Walt Slocombe Director, Office of Security Affairs (National Security & Defense)
James Carrera CPA – Program Management Liaison Cell
Anthony McDonald Representative of CPA – Office of Management & Budget
Dan Devlin Representative of CPA – Office of Management & Budget
Hank Bassford CPA – Baghdad, Regional Coordinator
LTC Delgado CPA – Directorate of Operations and Infrastructure
Raad Alkadiri Office of the UK Special Representative
The Program Review Board reconvened on Wednesday October 8, 2003 to discuss the Iraq 2004 Budget. Anthony McDonald of the CPA’s Office of Management and Budget led the discussion of the budget. Mr. McDonald informed the board that the Iraq Minister of Finance was unable to attend due to urgent security matters.
The proposed budget was given to the Iraqi ministries on September 29th for their final review. The CPA Finance and Budget associates met with the ministers every day since then to go over the budget. Mr. McDonald stated that Ambassador Bremer has been meeting with the Iraq Governing Council on the budget, which had been given a firm deadline of October 10th to comment, with silence being interpreted as assent.
The board discussed all aspects of the budget at length including revenue projection, various budget assumptions, the number of employees, salary constraints, necessary disclosures and suggested edits.
The board approved the Iraq budget for $13,426,500,000 subject to a possible change by the Administrator in Baghdad's division between operating and capital allotments.