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May 22, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Watchdog Hunts $36 Million White Elephant



Photograph of the Afghanistan White Elephant Building The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog released its findings regarding an unused command facility at Camp Leatherneck that cost taxpayers $36 million.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 30, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

SIGAR Warns of Drastic Drawdown in Afghanistan Oversight



Afghanistan Possible Oversight Access 2914 The U.S. has appropriated about $110 billion over 14 years attempting to rebuild Afghanistan, and $15 billion remains unspent as of March 2015. But there may not be enough watchdogs left to adequately oversee how the remaining money is spent, according to testimony prepared by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

April 7, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Afghanistan Oversight: Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen?



The end of Operation Enduring Freedom and the beginning of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel on January 1, 2015, are creating a bureaucratic stir in Washington. The result might be a turf battle by Inspectors General and a loss of much needed oversight.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 1, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Scrutinizes Pentagon Spending in Afghanistan



Afghan Security Forces The Department of Defense provided an incomplete picture of the billions of dollars it has obligated for Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 13, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Pentagon Tries to Bury Latest Afghanistan Report



Open Government Recent actions by the Pentagon justify the public's concern that the government is not being completely forthright about what's happening in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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