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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

April 24, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Meet the 3 Largest Recipients of State Dept. Afghan Aid



State Aid Chart Can the three largest recipients of State Department aid to Afghanistan—DynCorp, PAE, and Civilian Police International—be trusted with billions of taxpayer dollars?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 8, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

SIGAR and USAID Clash over Access to Afghan Assessments



Sopko Testimony SIGAR wants USAID to stop stonewalling about failures in Afghanistan reconstruction spending. USAID is protecting information, and some of their justifications are far fetched.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 4, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Hearing Spotlights Afghanistan Corruption and Waste



Oversight in Afghanistan 2014 The $100 billion U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan was on the hot seat on Capitol Hill.

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