Poor coordination among U.S. agencies overseeing Iraq reconstruction has affected program managers’ ability to execute projects effectively, says a new report from Stuart Bowen, special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.

Bowen told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 22 that the lack of an integrated strategy underscores the need for congressional reform to promote better coordination among agencies, particularly the Defense and State departments and the Agency for International Development, in post-conflict work. He recommended a commission be set up to evaluate how agencies work together. Such a  panel’s conclusions may provide the framework for future legislation, Bowen said.