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Below is the 11-page report issued by State/OIG. The summary of the report says:
- Embassy Zagreb operated well and pursued the Integrated Country Strategy’s major policy objectives.
- The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs had not funded an additional ambassadorial driver position. Ambassadorial drivers were regularly on duty more than 10 hours per day.
- The embassy had not consistently completed risk assessments or developed monitoring plans for all federal assistance awards using Department-approved formats.
The report does not include discussion about public diplomacy grants. On consular affairs, it says the programs are well-run but makes no discussion about workload, or services provided to how many Americans in country. There’s no discussion about property management or procurement, the Health Unit, Equal Employment Opportunity, overseas schools, family member employment, etc. Does the embassy have armored vehicles, are they assessed annually? Yo! The previous inspection was in 2009. It’s all good? On locally employed staff, the report says, “Complaints about the wage increase and position classification process, however, were beyond the control of the Human Resources Unit.” Huh? There is also no real discussion about public affairs and post’s social media strategy except a passing mention that the Ambassador created a Twitter account in February 2016 and by the time of the inspection had posted more than 300 tweets and attracted almost 600 followers.
OIG inspected Embassy Zagreb from May 31 through June 15, 2016. The OIG Team Members are John Dinger, Team Leader, Leslie Gerson, Deputy Team Leader Paul Houge, Dolores Hylander, Richard Kaminski, Shawn O’Reilly and Timothy Wildy.
Here is the 47-page inspection report from August 2009. Enjoy!