“SIGAR – Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction – July 30, 2013”
“…during this quarter, SIGAR’s audits questioned more than $2 billion in spending and costs. SIGAR investigations led to two arrests, two indictments, two criminal informations, two court-martial convictions, and two guilty pleas. SIGAR’s ongoing investigations of fuel thefts in Afghanistan saved taxpayers approximately $800,000 during this reporting period.
These investigations, along with SIGAR’s audits, inspections, and special projects, highlight serious shortcomings in U.S. oversight of contracts: poor planning, delayed or inadequate inspections, insufficient documentation, dubious decisions, and—perhaps most troubling—a pervasive lack of accountability.
…the United States cannot achieve its objectives unless the execution of its policies receives at least as much attention as the intent behind them. For example, the policy objective of creating a robust Afghan army that will provide national security in lieu of Coalition forces, while admirable, will remain hollow unless Washington pays equal attention to proper contracting and procurement activities to sustain those forces. SIGAR is well aware of the wartime environment in which contractors are operating in Afghanistan, but this can neither explain the disconnect nor excuse the failure.”