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Michael Child, Deputy Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations at DoD, discusses how the office plans to oversee the military’s international operations, and the importance of quarterly reports.

The Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General works with other agencies and organizations to oversee the military’s contingency operations around the world. The Pentagon’s IG recently released its comprehensive oversight plan for the OCO budget for the next year. Michael Child, Deputy Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations at DoD, says that there are a few unique features that set these oversight reports apart.


“Traditional oversight is what the IGs do. This compendium reflects that traditional oversight. The unique feature is that quarterly report. It is not based on audits, although we will reflect complete audit reports,” Child said. “Literally, we tap sources across the government to announce to Congress and to the public what’s changed over the last quarter. That means we tap the intelligence agencies, each of our agency headquarters, deployed commands, deployed diplomats. That is a unique feature that we are able to do on a quarterly basis.”

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