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House Proceeding 06-15-09 on Jun 15th, 2009 :: 0:13:50 to 0:16:20
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Gus Bilirakis

0:13:47 to 0:14:07( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: concluded that the proposed legislation is necessary to allow sigar to meet its responsibilities. this bill provides a responsible event to having sigar conduct its duties of programs in afghanistan. colleagues to support it as well. and i reserve the balance of my time.

Gus Bilirakis

0:13:50 to 0:16:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Gus Bilirakis

Gus Bilirakis

0:14:08 to 0:14:28( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. bilirakis: thank you. i rise in strong -- first of all, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilirakis: i rise in strong support of this legislion. the united states has committed over $30 billion in assistance to afghanistan since 2001, and with the president's stated

Gus Bilirakis

0:14:29 to 0:14:50( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: intention to increase the size and scope of our efforts the, it is necessary that we provide all of our inspector generals operating in afghanistan the authorities and resources necessary to mitigate fraud, waste and abuse in these programs. however, the office of the special inspector general for

Gus Bilirakis

0:14:51 to 0:15:11( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: afghanistan reconstruction, or sigar, currently lacks such authorities despite its establishment nearly one year ago, sigar officials have poorly had difficulty hiring qualified individuals for this unique and challenging assignment, and that the staffing shortfall has contributed to the lack of

Gus Bilirakis

0:15:12 to 0:15:33( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: independent audits or investigations by the office thus far. this legislation would amend the nuclear defense authorization act for fiscal year 2008 to provide to sigar personnel authorities similar to those given to the special inspector general for iraq reconstruction. .

Gus Bilirakis

0:15:34 to 0:15:55( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: the legislation would standardize the hiring process by allowing sigar to grant authority to heads of organizations. such authorities would allow organizations to hire staff for limited terms notwithstanding the requirements normally applicable to civil service positions. this legislation is intended to help the sigar quickly hire

Gus Bilirakis

0:15:56 to 0:16:18( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: experienced well qualified employees to conduct necessary oversightf reconstruction efforts in oofing. -- afghanistan. employees hired under this new authority could serve until the termination of the sigar office. strongly urge my colleagues to support this legislation which gives the sigar additional hiring authorities to

Gus Bilirakis

0:16:19 to 0:16:20( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: his ability to quickly hire

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