Program Review Board (PRB) Minutes Ð Oct. 18, 2003
*David R. Oliver Chair/ Director, Office of Management & Budget
*Chris Milligan USAID
*Neil Melett Representative of the government of Australia
*Nick Harvey Representative of the UK Government
*Andy Bearpark Dir of Operations & Infrastructure
COL Paul Hough CPA Comptroller
COL Tony Bell CPA Ð Head of Contracting Activities
*LTC Terry Ross Coalition Joint Task Force-7 Deputy Comptroller
*George Wolfe Director, Economic Development
*Maura Connelly Representative of Governance
*Walt Slocombe Director, Office of Security Affairs
COL Mike Kirsch Director of Operations Ð Chief of Staff
James Carrera Pentagon - CPA Management Liaison Cell
Al Runnels CPA Ð CFO
Gerald B. Thompson Office of Security Affairs
Corey Monaghan Office of Security Affairs
LTC Randy Richardson Dep. Sr Advisor Electricity
Hank Bassford CPA Ð Baghdad
Edward Burley Ministry of Interior Ð Borders
MAJ Scott Johnson Coalition Military Assistance Training Team
The October 8, 2003 and October 11, 2003 minutes were approved.
The CPA Comptroller passed out the Funds Status Report as of October 18, 2003. It was noted that all DFI funds from the sale of oil in 2004 are committed to fund the Iraq 2004 Budget.
The following Funding Requests were considered by the Board for recommendation to the Administrator:
#522 Ð New Iraqi Army Facilities - $ 115,000,000 Ð
#523 Ð New Army Life Support - $57,800,000
#524 Ð New Iraqi Army Base Support Unit Equipment - $1,800,000
The three requests were discussed as a group. The requests were being generated because of the planned increase in the size of the New Iraqi Army to 7 battalions within one year instead of two years, and the need to start contracting by Nov 15, 2003 to support the acceleration. Due to the pending supplemental which fully funds the accelerated schedule, the Board set these requests aside.
#518 Ð CPA Electrical Priorities for TF Restore Iraqi Electricity - $111,000,000 Ð The Board discussed this request again. The Board continues to support the programs but still had concerns with the funding of the program. After extensive discussion, the Board tabled the request until the next meeting.
#530 Ð FY 03 Supplemental: Oil for Food in North - $106,400,000 Ð Funds were approved to continue the contracts for goods and services that were being funded by the UN Oil for Food program in the North region. These funds are budget neutral as these funds will be eventually recaptured in OFF refunds.
#533 Ð USAID Incremental Funding - $67,200,000 Ð Funds were approved to continue the funding of essential contracts including infrastructure, health and education, economic
governance, local government, technical support and the Office of Transition Initiatives. These funds come from USAID's previous approved allocation out of the Iraq Reconstruction and Relief Fund.
#532 Ð Emergency Infrastructure Program (IEP) for Southern Iraq - $43,000,000 Ð The request was approved for the funding of projects to restore essential services in Southern Iraq and will complete the program endorsed by CPA to help relieve tensions in that region. The program will secure tangible and sustainable improvements in the sectors of electricity, water and sanitation and essential commodities of fuels and cooking gas.
#501 Ð Emergency Equipment Ð Iraqi Border Patrol - $7,722,000 Ð LTC Burley of the Ministry of Interior briefed the Board. The Board requested that the requirement could be resolved by reprioritizing within the Ministry of Interior. However, the Ministry of Finance will fund the Border Police salary requirement which heretofore had been paid out of Commander's Emergency Response Program funds.