NPR reported yesterday on the challenges the State Department will face in Iraq following the scheduled pullout of the U.S. military at the end of this year.
In order to fill the void created by the departure of the military, State will rely heavily on the use of private security contractors. The Department estimates that it will more than double the number of private security contractors currently operating in Iraq.
Major questions loom about whether State can effectively oversee this influx of contractors. POGO previously touched on this issue in a November 2010 letter urging President Obama to nominate a permanent State Department Inspector General (IG), which has been operating under an acting IG for over three years: