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U.S. Spending in Afghanistan: A Credit to Oversight

U.S. Army soldiers in an Afghan bazaar

(U.S. Army Photo)

With billions in U.S. tax dollars still left to be spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan, government watchdogs and members of Congress say it’s critical that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) continue his oversight role, according to a piece published today in the New York Times.

The Times highlighted Special Inspector General John F. Sopko’s record:

“Mr. Sopko has been blunt in his assessment of waste and fraud, naming individuals in his reports, which other inspector generals rarely do.

His office ‘is an example of how an inspector general is supposed to operate,’ said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group in Washington.”

A coming expansion in the role of Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) stands to undermine the impressive work of SIGAR.

POGO recognized the watchdog for its work in providing oversight on U.S. development. Compared to SIGAR’s publication of audits and various reports from April to June, a Center for Strategic and International Studies report shows DoD IG did little to address the issues facing U.S. operations in Afghanistan.

Topics: Contract Oversight

Related Content: Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), Financial Oversight

Authors: Iulia Gheorghiu

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