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Program Review Board Meeting - Minutes – August 12, 2003



Sherri Kraham                          Acting Chair, Director Program Review Board

*Chris Milligan             US Agency of International Development

Jessye LaPenn                          Advisor to Ministry of Trade / Oil for Food Issues

*Neil Mules                              Representative of the Australian Government

*Andrew Ockenden                 Representative of the UK Government

COL Paul Hough                      CPA Comptroller

LTC Bob Pelletier                    Advisor to Ministry of Transportation & Communication

COL Tony Bell             CPA –Head of Contracting Activities

MAJ Steve Hopper                  Coalition Joint Task Force-7

COL Michael Toner                 Coalition Joint Task Force-7, Comptroller

Al Runnels                                CPA Chief Financial Officer

*Walt Slocombe                       National Security & Defense Senior Advisor

*Tom Krajeski             Governance, Deputy Directors

*Andy Bearpark                       CPA Director of Operations

*Peter McPherson                    Director, Economic Development

*Marek Belka                          Director CPA Council on International Cooperation

Lee Evey                                  Senior Advisor to Ministry of Housing & Construction

LTC Andy Hughes                   CPA General Counsel

*Voting Members


            The Board approved a motion to publish the results of Board meetings, however, in cases where publication of the approved funding level could reflect a potential contract award amount, the amount will not be published so as not to prejudice the contract award.†


            The Chief Financial Officer briefed the status of available funds:  a new deposit of $48M from oil proceeds into the Development Fund of Iraq (DFI) account, which holds a current balance of $1.4B.  Balance of all accounts, less current commitments, is $2.1B.  Board members had a brief discussion about the status of the Oil-for-Food contract review process, which will not be concluded for some time.


            The Board reviewed and approved the following funding requests for recommendation to the Administrator:


-- Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, $19.6M – Total support costs for the Corps which includes salaries and subsistence requirements for 18 battalions of 850 soldiers each, which will be under the command of Coalition forces.

-- MANPADS Weapons Buyback Program, $1M – This supplements a previous allocation of $500,000 for this activity. 

-- Security for the Governing Council, † A contract will be awarded for the purchase of security equipment for the Governing Council building.  This amount will be applied against the budget now being created for the Governing Council.

-- Iraqi Railroad Security Contract, $36,667 – This will support an extension of an additional month until the Facility Protection Service provides a guard force to the railroad.

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