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Iraqi Governing Council

Baghdad, Iraq


Facts on Commission on Public Integrity


  • Established on January 28, 2004 by Iraqi Governing Council


  • Independent body dedicated to enforcing anti-corruption laws and public service standards


  • Headed by Commissioner nominated by Governing Council and appointed by Ambassador Bremer to a five year term
    • subsequent commissioners appointed by chief executive of Iraq from nominees of Council of Judges


  • Commission may:


    • receive anonymous complaints from individual citizens;
    • investigate allegations of corruption;
    • refer violations of corruption laws to Iraqi criminal courts;
    • propose legislation to strengthen standards of ethical conduct for public officials and employees


  • All government employees required to sign written pledge promising adherence to the public employee Code of Conduct, which requires employees:
    • to report corruption;
    • to act impartially and not give preferential treatment;
    • not to engage in financial transactions using official, nonpublic information;
    • not knowingly provide false, misleading or incomplete information to Commission;
    • not to accept gifts of more than nominal value, except from friends of long standing;
    • not to participate personally and substantially in official matters that have effect on financial interests of self or family members


  • All Governing Council members (and deputies), ministers, deputy ministers, governors, judges and Commission officials (as well as future national legislature members and chief executive) required to file annual financial disclosure forms




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