The New York Times: U.N. Appoints New Director of Troubled Watchdog Group
United for Accountability? Not so much.
The United Nations has named a replacement director for its Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), the internal agency charged with rooting out corruption at the international organization. The previous head stepped down earlier this month, but not before issuing a 50 page memo lambasting
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's leadership and apparent lack of caring about organizational accountability.
The United Nations has come under much criticism over the past several years for its less-than-thorough approach to rooting out internal corruption. The U.N. Procurement Task Force, which used to investigate allegations of fraud, wrongdoing and corruption within U.N. projects, was disbanded in 2008 when it was folded into OIOS. In its two years of existence, the Task Force completed more than 300 investigations, leading
to "millions of dollars in restitution, misconduct findings against nearly 20 U.N. officials and a ban against about 50 U.N. contractors." Meanwhile, since 2008, 175 leftover cases have been left uninvestigated by the permanent investigations division (within OIOS), which has also not had a leader for more than two years.