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Anti-Corruption Coordination Office (ACCO)

An office of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Descriptions of previous anti-corruption initiatives can be found on the Programs page.

Corruption remains a salient feature of the political and economic landscape of Iraq and poses and threatens its full economic and social development.  Mitigating corruption’s corrosive effects on Iraq’s reconstruction requires continued USG engagement – both in terms of programs and in terms of bringing political and diplomatic pressure to bear on Iraqi leaders.

U.S. Embassy Baghdad’s Anti-Corruption Coordination Office (ACCO) was established in 2008 to help shape and manage an anti-corruption strategy for the U.S. in Iraq.  It succeeded the Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT) which was formed in January 2007 in response to a SIGIR recommendation.  ACCO currently functions as a part of the Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) office.  The office is working with its interagency partners to develop an overall anti-corruption strategy and to coordinate programmatic assistance.  These encompass activities by USAID,  U.S. Departments of Justice, Treasury, and Homeland Security, USFI  and the Embassy’s Public Affairs and Political Sections.