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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

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

March 4, 2015

By Neil Gordon

SIGAR Publishes Newly Declassified Data



Afghan Security Forces The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction updated its latest quarterly report after the Pentagon bowed to pressure and declassified information about Afghan security forces.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 12, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Waste Disposal in Afghanistan: The Final Word



Incinerators The military's approach to solid waste disposal in Afghanistan was “haphazard and reactive,” not to mention health-endangering, according to a new report.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 3, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Watchdogs Need to Bark About Their Recommendations



Wolf It is important for inspectors general throughout the federal government to track the status of their recommendations and the money recovered for U.S. taxpayers, and to raise a ruckus when their words fall on deaf ears at the agencies they oversee.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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