Iraqi Commander's Emergency Response Program
Iraqi Commander's Emergency Response Program (ICERP) funds are government
of Iraq (GOI) funds for urgent reconstruction projects to benefit the citizens
of Iraq while simultaneously growing and achieving Iraqi military and civil
self-sufficiency. ICERP uses U.S. procurement and financial systems. GOI
allocates ICERP funds by province based on population density.
ICERP rules and guidance:
- Consider every use of ICERP funds a training opportunity for participating
- ICERP rules and processes mirror current CERP guidance unless otherwise
stated to include the following personnel: project purchasing officer (PPO);
paying agent; and personnel from information operations (G7), resource
manager (G8), and civil-military operations (G9).
- Do not commingle CERP and ICERP funds:
- To avoid potential confusion of rules, major support commands (MSCs) must
also institute the internal management controls necessary to prevent confusion
and to ensure timely data entry of ICERP commitments, obligations, and
disbursements in the automated finance and accounting systems.
- All ICERP financial documentation will include the statement: These funds
are the property of the government of Iraq.
- ICERP payments should be made in Iraqi dinar.
- Priority of payment method is electronic funds transfer (EFT), check drawn
on an Iraqi bank, and then Iraqi cash. The final decision is a local, condition-based
determination between the requirement owner, contracting officer or PPO,
- As much as possible, use the existing processes at the province level (for
example, provincial reconstruction development committee reviews) to obtain
local provincial government participation in planning, coordinating, prioritizing
and transitioning the project without placing additional requirements on
commanders that defeat the ICERP rapid reconstruction model.
- Upon completion of each project, MSCs will secure documentation recording
the time and date of each receipt as well as the value of the project from
either the provincial governor or relevant Iraqi minister. This letter
in form and content mirrors the commander's project closure letter.
- Fiduciary responsibility remains in effect. Everyone involved in managing,
accounting for, and executing ICERP funds remains accountable for his
or her actions.
- Prominently feature the new Iraqi flag and use other techniques to associate
ICERP projects with an Iraqi government that is working to live up to
its promise of essential services.
- ICERP expenditures are set up on a province basis. In the isolated instances
where a province boundary and an MSC boundary do not match and the multinational
division commanders cannot reach a consensus, the Multi-National CorpsIraq
(MNCI) commander will determine the resource allocation. Fund expenditures
will always remain associated with their original province.
- Use of a warranted contracting officer is required for projects over $500
thousand (K) or when the technical complexity exceeds the abilities of
the individual PPO.
- Contact the supporting resource manager for funding amounts and authorities.
Specific uses for ICERP include the following:
- Schools; repair or reconstruction.
- Water purification plants.
- Health clinics; repair or reconstruction.
- City planning facilities.
- Protective measures necessary to secure permissible ICERP projects.
- Other eligible categories by exception that require MSC commanding general
- Irrigation projects
- Non-reconstruction projects that promote small business development
ICERP cannot be used for the following:
- Projects prohibited under Department of Defense Financial Management Regulations.
- Projects with a direct or indirect benefit to U.S., coalition, or supporting
- Providing goods, services, or funds to national armies; national guard
forces; border security forces; civil defense forces; infrastructure protection
forces; highway patrol units; police; special police or intelligence; or
other security forces (except contract guards such as the Sons/Daughters
- Weapons buyback programs or other purchases of firearms and ammunition
(unless authorized by law and separate guidance).
- Entertainment (except light refreshment costs purely incidental to either
an approved ICERP project opening ceremony or a conference in support
of an ICERP project).
- Rewards programs.
- Removal of unexploded ordnance (unless incidental to construction or an
agricultural development project).
- Duplication of services available through municipal governments.
- Salaries, bonuses, or pensions of Iraqi military or civilian government
- Training, equipping, or operating costs of Iraqi security forces.
- Support to individuals or private business (except for condolence, former
detainee or hero payments, battle damage payments, or micro-grants).
- Conducting psychological operations; information operations; or other U.S.,
coalition, or Iraqi security force operations.
In addition to restrictions already imposed by ICERP standing operating
procedures (SOPs) any other categories not expressly permitted are prohibited
See Appendix C, MNCI CJ8, Money as a Weapons System SOP.