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Stuart W. Bowen Jr., Esq.

Self Description

June 2006: "Stuart W. Bowen, Jr., has served as the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction since October 2004. He previously served as the Inspector General for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA-IG), a position to which he was appointed in January 2004. Mr. Bowen's mission includes ensuring effective oversight of the $22 billion that comprise the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund.

Mr. Bowen has served President George W. Bush as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Staff Secretary and Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel. He has been a partner at the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP, in its Washington, D.C. office. Before his White House tenure, Mr. Bowen served as Counsel to the Bush-Cheney transition team; and from 1994 to 2000, he held a variety of positions on Governor George Bush's staff in Texas, including Deputy General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel for Litigation, and Assistant General Counsel.

From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Bowen served as an Assistant Attorney General of Texas in administrative law litigation. And from 1991 to 1992, he served as Briefing Attorney to Texas Supreme Court Justice Raul Gonzalez. Mr. Bowen is licensed by the Texas State Bar, Board Certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, a variety of lower Federal courts, and all Texas state courts. Mr. Bowen spent four years on active duty as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of Captain. He holds a B.A. from the University of the South, attended Vanderbilt Law School, and received a J.D. from St. Mary's Law School."
June 2006:

Third-Party Descriptions

November 2007: Mr. Bowen’s report also stated that inspectors had found “indications of potential fraud” in the project and had referred the case to its investigative division.

April 2006: 'Stuart Bowen, the top U.S. auditor for reconstruction, warned in a telephone interview from Washington that other reconstruction efforts may fall short like that of Parsons. "I've been consumed for a year with the fear we would run out of money to finish projects," said Bowen, the inspector general for reconstruction in Iraq.'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Student/Trainee (past or present) St. Mary's University - Texas Organization Jun 6, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Texas (State Government) Organization Jun 6, 2006
Member of (past or present) US Air Force (USAF) Organization Jun 6, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of the South Organization Jun 6, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) Vanderbilt University Organization Jun 6, 2006
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Subordinate of (past or present) President George W. Bush Person Jun 6, 2006

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Aug 11, 2009 The Sheik Down: How the Pentagon bought stability in Iraq by funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to the country's next generation of strongmen.

QUOTE: Eifan is a beneficiary of what some American personnel call the "make-a-sheikh" program, a semiofficial, little discussed policy that since late 2006 has bankrolled Sunni sheikhs who are, in theory, committed to defending American interests in Iraq... It was also a reinstitution of a strategy started by Saddam Hussein, who picked out tribal leaders he could manipulate through patronage schemes.

Mother Jones
Jul 16, 2009 Afghanistan: Oversight AWOL?

QUOTE: Even as the Obama administration steps up spending in Afghanistan, it's shortchanging the government auditors responsible for ensuring that taxpayer dollars don't wind up in the pockets of swindlers and opportunists.

Mother Jones
Nov 06, 2007 Iraqi Police Barracks Go Unrepaired

QUOTE: The project also became an argument for the value of government oversight when, in response to the inspectors’ findings, a Parsons executive told Congress in September 2006 that the company would fix the problems at no cost to the United States. Parsons now says that it did so, directing an Iraqi subcontractor to correct deficiencies at no additional charge.

New York Times
Apr 03, 2006 Contractor Leaves Most Iraq Clinics Unfinished: Contractor Will Try to Finish 20 of 142 Sites

QUOTE: Parsons, according to the Corps, will walk away from more than 120 clinics that on average are two-thirds finished. Auditors say the project serves as a warning for other U.S. reconstruction efforts due to be completed this year.

Washington Post