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March 19, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Watchdog Sinks Teeth Into Scrapped Incinerators



Incinerators The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog has launched a formal inquiry into an ill-fated U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract to build waste incinerators at Forward Operating Base Sharana.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 17, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Entrusting Afghanistan Aid Oversight to Contractors



Contract Oversight The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is about to put contractors in charge of overseeing the billions of dollars invested in Afghanistan reconstruction. Is this a good idea?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 14, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

USAID Ditches Plan to Buy Pretty Photos of Afghanistan



Photographer Less than a week after posting a contract proposal online for “timely, attractive visual images” of development efforts in Afghanistan, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) canceled the request.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 4, 2014

By Neil Gordon

The Pentagon’s PR War Against SIGAR



National Security Military commanders in Afghanistan are waging their most aggressive campaign against the office charged with overseeing the $100 billion being spent on Afghanistan's reconstruction.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 30, 2014

By Christine Anderson

Aid Flows Despite Corruption Concerns in Afghanistan



Afghanistan A recent SIGAR report finds that Afghan ministries entrusted with direct assistance from USAID are at high risk of corruption, a fact that USAID doesn't want the American public to know.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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