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September 18, 2014

By Jessica Murphy

Millions Wasted on Communication Towers in Afghanistan



Communications Tower at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan (Photo: DOD) Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction reports wasteful spending by the Department of State on underused communication towers across Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 15, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

SIGAR Tells Fellow Watchdogs to Shout from the Rooftops



Gene Aloise All too often, federal watchdogs find alarming evidence of government malfeasance, only to bury their findings in reports that are dense, hidden, or redacted. Thankfully, at least one Inspector General recognizes the value of publicity, and is urging other

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 28, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

U.S. Efforts to Standup Afghan Air Force Still Falling Down



C-130 Congress and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction are recommending that the Pentagon halt transfers of additional C-130s because current aircraft are not being fully utilized.

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Topics: National Security

July 24, 2014

By Neil Gordon

U.S. Using Unsafe Burn Pit in Afghanistan—Again



Burn Pit The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found unsafe and illegal solid waste disposal practices at Shindand Airbase.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 29, 2014

By Neil Gordon

“Flagrant 5” Firm Among Top USAID Afghan Relief Recipients



USAID Chart A top recipient of USAID Afghanistan reconstruction funding is the Louis Berger Group, one of the infamous "Flagrant Five" Wartime Contracting Commissioner Charles Tiefer called out for poor performance and questionable ethics.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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