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Time for New Direction in U.S. Oversight of Afghanistan Reconstruction

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January 11, 2011

Statement from Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), on the resignation of Arnold Fields, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction:

This is an important step towards more aggressive oversight in Afghanistan. General Fields has served the country with distinction in the military, however, an Inspector General needs to be cut from a cloth where challenging authority comes easily. The Afghanistan watchdog is one of the most important and difficult jobs in the federal government. It is time for new leadership to better account for the billions being spent with little accountability.

To read POGO’s earlier calls for Arnold’s removal, follow the links:

POGO echoes today’s bipartisan request for a presidential review of SIGAR, December 9, 2009.
POGO Calls for Removal of Two U.S. War Zone Watchdogs, November 18, 2010.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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