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SIGAR releases January 2011 Quarterly Report to Congress



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SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION (SIGAR)

NEWS RELEASE

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SIGAR RELEASES JANUARY 2011 QUARTERLY REPORT TO CONGRESS

January 28, 2011 - Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), Arnold Fields, released SIGAR’s January 2011 Quarterly Report to Congress today. The tenth Quarterly Report highlights SIGAR’s growing concern that critical reconstruction programs are at risk because of poor planning, insufficient oversight, and the inability of the afghan authorities to sustain them. The report includes a summary of SIGAR’s oversight work for the reporting period, as well as a detailed update on reconstruction funding and reconstruction efforts in security, governance, economic development, infrastructure, counter narcotics and anti-corruption. Since 2002, the Unites States has invested over $56 billion in Afghanistan reconstruction, including $29 billion to train, equip, and provide infrastructure for the Afghanistan National Army and National Police.

The January 2011 report includes details of two key audit reports released during the reporting period:

• A SIGAR audit of U.S. planning for Afghanistan National Security Forces’ (ANSF) facilities found that the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) intends to spend $11.4 billion through FY 2012 to build nearly 900 facilities across Afghanistan to support the ANSF. Despite this considerable outlay of funds and the large number of facilities involved, SIGAR found that CSTC-A had not developed a long-term construction plan, which puts the program at risk for not meeting ANSF strategic and operational needs.

• SIGAR concluded that 27 CERP projects valued at $49 million in Laghman province were at risk of waste or of having unintended outcomes. In addition, SIGAR found that USFOR-A lacks a coordinated, results-oriented approach to determine whether CERP projects have achieved their goals, are being used as intended, and are being sustained.

During this reporting period, SIGAR initiated several new audits, bringing the number of ongoing audits to 16. SIGAR’s Investigative Directorate opened 35 new cases, and closed 7, bringing the total number of ongoing cases to 105. SIGAR is focusing 86% of its current investigations on contract or procurement fraud. In addition, SIGAR continues its forensic reviews of $37.65 billion in transaction data related to major funds used for Afghanistan reconstruction, to include the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund, the Economic Support Fund, and the International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Fund.

“In February, after more than 2 and a half years of service, I will be leaving SIGAR. It has been a privilege serving at the helm of an organization that has grown to more than 120 qualified professionals, serving in both Washington, DC; and in 5 separate locations in Afghanistan that are now fully operational. It has also been a pleasure to serve for two Presidents of the United States in a concerted effort to protect the $56 billion U.S. investment from fraud, waste, and abuse. I feel grateful to have been able to work with colleagues in the Inspector General community, with the oversight committees in Congress, with President Hamad Karzai and so many other dedicated Afghan officials, who are all committed to the reconstruction of Afghanistan.”

SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION (SIGAR)

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The two SIGAR audit reports mentioned in this news release, along with the Quarterly Report, can be found on the SIGAR website at www.sigar.mil.