Charles Hess, director of the Iraq Project and Contracting Office (PCO) and Ambassador Bill Taylor, director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (IRMO), will brief news media live via satellite from Baghdad, Iraq on Friday, Nov. 19, in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E579 at 10 a.m. EST on Iraq reconstruction progress.
The Project and Contracting Office is responsible for implementing nearly $12.4 billion of the $18.44 billion in the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund approved by Congress. The PCO reports to the U.S. Army and DoD on matters relating to program management and contracting, and to the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office of the State Department on matters relating to priorities and requirements. Hess and Taylor will discuss reconstruction plans in Fallujah and progress-to-date on reconstruction throughout Iraq.
Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the North Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.