The Defense Department Inspector General has been selected as the lead watchdog for aid flowing to Ukraine.
Robert Storch will begin the new role on October 18, according to the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. He will work with the State Department and watchdogs from the US Agency for International Development to monitor approximately $113 billion in aid that has been sent to Ukraine and other countries since the start of the war last year.
Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, along with several of his colleagues, welcomed the announcement of a lead inspector general.
"Appointing a lead Inspector General will help ensure that Congress supports Ukraine's defense in the most responsible and effective way possible," said Wicker in a statement Friday.
As the Biden administration has continued to send billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine, some members of Congress, particularly Republicans, have called for more oversight to prevent fraud and abuse.
Last week, the Pentagon's inspector general established a new team in Ukraine to better monitor US security assistance to Kyiv. The organization said a senior US representative began work in Ukraine in late-August, and additional personnel are expected to arrive by the end of September.
It marked the first time the Defense inspector general will have personnel based in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion in February 2022, said spokesperson Megan Reed.