April 29, 2004

United Nations cannot find Oil for Food papers

This is so unexpected... The New York Post reports: bq. The vast majority of the United Nations' oil-for-food contracts in Iraq have mysteriously vanished, crippling investigators trying to uncover fraud in the program, a government report charged yesterday. bq. The General Accounting Office report, presented at a congressional hearing into the scandal-plagued program, determined that 80 percent of U.N. records had not been turned over. bq. The world body claims it transferred all information it had - including 3,059 contracts worth about $6.2 billion for delivery of food and other civilian goods to the post-Saddam governing body, the Coalition Provisional Authority. bq. But the GAO report also found that a database the U.N. transferred to the authority was "unreliable because it contained mathematical and currency errors in calculation of contract costs," the report found. Unexpected and shocking... Of course, this is an honest mistake and the poor people at the United Nations have no idea what happened to the missing documentation... Posted by DaveH at April 29, 2004 4:14 PM