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  • "The United States has consistently and aggressively pushed for a strong and independent Office of Internal Oversight Services to uncover fraud, waste and mismanagement at the U.N., but we are disappointed with the recent performance of its investigations division," said Patrick Ventrell, a spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the U.N.

    U.N.'s internal watchdog faces leadership vacuum →

  • "We have been crystal clear with the U.N. at the highest levels that the coming change in OIOS leadership must bring about a significant improvement in its performance to increase oversight and transparency throughout the organization," he told the AP.

    U.N.'s internal watchdog faces leadership vacuum →

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