Iraq Commission on Public Integrity
THE COMMISSION ON PUBLIC INTEGRITY (CPI) was created by Order 55 on January 27, 2004 to promote the rule of law and the message that no one is above the law. As an independent unit dedicated to preventing and investigating cases of corruption in all levels of the government, it is the only agency with the power to function as a court investigator and to initiate criminal proceedings on its own behalf. Its establishment was in recognition of the fact that effective government depends on the confidence people have in their leaders, and that corruption undermines that confidence, reduces investment and foreign aid, contributes to organized crime, and impairs the development of a free and prosperous society.
CPI's mission is reinforced by the Board of Supreme Audit (BSA) and the Inspector General's Office (IGO) within each Ministry. The BSA serves as Iraq's oversight auditing institution, whilst IGOs conduct fact-finding investigations, audits and performance reviews within the ministries and report cases of suspected criminal conduct involving corruption to CPI for review and appropriate action.
CPI is headed by a Commissioner appointed for a five-year term, which may be renewed for one more five-year term. The Commissioner answers directly to the chief executive and the national legislative body of Iraq. CPI employs specially trained and highly skilled investigators who investigate corruption cases that are brought to their attention by concerned citizens, referred to CPI by the IGOs or developed on CPI's own initiatives. CPI is extremely proactive in its mission, and will enlist the support of the independent media, local non-governmental organizations and other groups working to eradicate corruption in the public arena.
The quickest way to notify CPI about a case of suspected corruption is through the CPI telephone or email hotline. The report will be turned over to investigators for review and appropriate action. The informant is free to mention his/her name or keep it anonymous. CPI will keep the identity confidential. Investigating corruption is only one of CPI's missions; it is equally important to prevent corruption before it actually occurs. To this end, CPI has promulgated a Code of Conduct of ethical standards and practices, which every Iraqi government employee must adhere to as a condition of employment. Top government officials are required to disclose their personal assets, income, liabilities and business relationships as a practice of transparency in the government. CPI also promotes adherence to international standards for the accounting profession and conducts training programs to ensure that all government employees understand their ethical obligations under these new regulations.
CPI is reaching out to all organizations and individuals who recognize how important it is for the future of Iraq to eradicate corruption and prevent a return to the dreadful ways of the past. CPI views all elements of civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the independent media, to be extremely important in helping CPI fulfill its mission of eradicating corruption in all levels of government.