Operation Atlantic Resolve Special Inspector General Quarterly Report to Congress October 1, 2023–December 31, 2023

Overseas Contingency Operations

The Inspectors General for the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development conduct oversight of and report on the overseas contingency operation "Operation Atlantic Resolve," including U.S. Government activities related to Ukraine, pursuant to Section 1250B of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 and Lead IG reporting responsibilities under 5 U.S.C. 419.  This report also discusses the planned, ongoing, and completed oversight work conducted by the Lead IG agencies and our partner oversight agencies during the quarter that coordinate their activities through the Ukraine Oversight Interagency Working Group.

U.S. non-security assistance supported development of an independent, democratic, prosperous, and healthy Ukraine united around core European values.  Programs targeting corruption, a longstanding problem in Ukraine, focused on institutional reform and capacity building.  Governance programs sought to strengthen rule of law and democratic institutions and to develop an inclusive civic identity in Ukraine.  Several programs focused on supporting Ukraine’s energy sector amid a harsh winter.  State and USAID responded to urgent humanitarian needs with food assistance, support for nearly 3.7 million internally displaced persons (IDP) and 6.3 million refugees, cash assistance, and health assistance.  From fiscal year 2022 through the first quarter of fiscal year 2024, USAID had obligated over $2.1 billion in development assistance, nearly $2 billion in humanitarian assistance, and provided nearly $23 billion for on-budget financial support to the Ukrainian government.

State and USAID adjusted operations to monitor assistance in wartime conditions.  A staffing cap in Ukraine has required constant triage of oversight priorities. Movement restrictions mean that many projects and activities, particularly those close to the battlefield, received limited direct oversight.  These limitations required embassy staff to adopt alternate means for monitoring and evaluation, including remote monitoring, third-party monitoring, and local staff monitoring.  As a result, assistance-providing embassy sections and agencies continued to oversee many projects and programs despite the lack of availability of in-person monitoring.


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