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May 9, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Watchdog Says Government Trying to Silence Embarrassing Afghanistan Reports



SIGAR Sopko John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), says the government is trying to interfere with his independent investigations because his reports are embarrassing to the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, acco

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 26, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Incinerators Burn Money, Not Trash



Incinerators The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found that the government wasted $5 million on an unused solid waste incineration system on Forward Operating Base Salerno. The base continues to dispose of its solid waste in dangerous o

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April 3, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Army Corps Stands By Its Sweetheart Deal With DynCorp



Dyncorp building The Army Corps of Engineers stands by its decision to allow DynCorp International to walk away from a botched construction job in Afghanistan.

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February 1, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Should SIGAR Have Suspension and Debarment Power?



Afghanistan While the government considers whether to grant SIGAR suspension and debarment powers, dozens of companies and individuals suspected of aiding terrorists in Afghanistan remain eligible to receive U.S. taxpayer money.

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January 31, 2013

By Andre Francisco

U.S. May Have Bought Fuel from Iran for Afghanistan



Oil barrels U.S. officials did not have a way to make sure fuel purchased for security forces in Afghanistan did not come from Iran, which would violate U.S. sanctions, according to a Washington Post story.

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