NATO suddenly classifies ratings of Afghan military and police capabilities

By Julia Harte

NATO abruptly classifies assessments of Afghan army and police, which the U.S. spent billions building up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… nsuring the validity of those self-reported assessments. In response, the United States Forces – Afghanistan wrote that ISAF would work to create an “overarch …"

U.S. loses track of weapons shipped to Afghanistan

By James Arkin

Three separate systems are used to track the arms sent to Afghanistan, but they are riddled with errors and not linked up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… hands. Unfortunately, the system failed, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, and for reasons that could easily have been foreseen. The bookkeeping ha …"

"… 888 had missing information or were duplicates, according to the report by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko.  More than 20,000 serial numbers in each of the DOD data …"

Afghans don’t like soybeans, despite a big U.S. push

By Alexander Cohen and James Arkin

Washington ignored warnings that Afghans were unlikely to embrace protein-rich soy products.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… equipment could soon be dismantled and sold by its local owner. In March, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko met with project and government employees in the country who to …"

Afghanistan's narcotics problems grow worse

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Mattie Quinn

A costly and ambitious U.S. effort to curtail Afghanistan's poppy production falters as U.S. forces draw down.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… attering light on the costly U.S. effort, which is now winding down as the Obama administration prepares to pull additional troops from the country. From 2012 to 2013, t …"

"… fghanistan now produces more than 80 percent of the world's opium. But the Obama administration seems uninterested in shifting course. Its spending on the Pentagon’s of …"

"… , which surged amid chaotic conditions after the US intervention. But the Obama administration seems aware — without specifically acknowledging it — that its vaunted …"

Audit: U.S. lacks anti-corruption plan for Afghan aid

By Douglas Birch

Audit says U.S. lacks blueprint to assure Afghan assistance is well-spent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… ermined those efforts and alienated the Afghan public. John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, released a report Wednesday warning that absent aggressive anti-corruptio …"

U.S. agency rejects internal warnings about potential waste in Afghanistan aid program

By R. Jeffrey Smith

USAID commissioned two reports that raised red flags about aid to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Health but decided to keep spending millions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… one to direct assistance for the Afghan military and police forces. USAID officials say their health care investments have decreased maternal mortality and h …"

"… spector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction — have warned agency officials that the aid was at risk of being misused or stolen through corruption. …"

"… construction progress as funds are spent, monitors who work for provincial officials instead of independent authorities, and a lack of clear procurement proce …"

"… made prior to disbursement of funds.” That advice was not taken by USAID officials, however, and Sopko, in his audit, said they had told his investigators t …"

Talk instead of development in Afghanistan

By Rebecca LaFlure

Millions for chats instead of grants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… sk from angry local representatives or constituents,” according to a new Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)  report on the program. The Stability in Key Areas prog …"

More waste found in Afghanistan as US heads for the exit

By Douglas Birch

The US effort in Afghanistan has been repeatedly tainted by poor planning and corruption, says inspector general

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… abuse and corruption in the region. He promised to produce a new study for Congress about how the Pentagon’s efforts have gone awry, explaining that “we o …"

Missing: $200M in gas receipts for NATO aid in Afghanistan

By R. Jeffrey Smith

NATO fuel purchase documents in Afghanistan were shredded and remain missing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… tan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko, in a letter alerting two members of Congress to the missing documentation.The letter is a follow-up to a warning by Sop …"

Millions of dollars in U.S. aid wasted in Afghanistan

By Zach Toombs

Government watchdog finds many examples of failed construction projects.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… the base at risk for abandonment as well, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.John Sopko, a former deputy director at Homeland Security and prosecutor w …"

U.S. official says government wasted $6-8 billion in Iraq reconstruction

By Zach Toombs and Aaron Mehta

The special inspector general for Iraq tallies the loss of U.S. taxpayer funds at more than 11 percent of the billions spent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… of records and information on contracts and costs,” said Bowen, a former Texas lawyer.Bowen said his efforts were hampered from the outset by the in …"

Experienced watchdog appointed for U.S. spending in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

A veteran investigator fills one of ten vacant Inspector General jobs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Dingell":

"… titute.")When the Democrats took over the House, Sopko was invited by Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) to come back to the Hill, this time as chief counsel for oversig …"

Corruption still threatens U.S. efforts in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

As U.S. heads for the door in Afghanistan, persistent corruption threatens to undermine development efforts there.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… $100 billion the U.S. has spent on reconstruction efforts since 2002. U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Steven Trent warned that deep corruption persists in the country, and can …"

Concerns mounting over billion-dollar construction projects in Afghanistan

By Laurel Adams

A major construction project to build 900 security sites for the Afghanistan National Security Forces is so poorly planned that $11.4 billio

Excerpts from this story referencing "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… poorly planned that $11.4 billion is at risk, according to an audit by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.Additional infrastructure is needed as the number of security personnel in …"

The struggle to police foreign subcontractors in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Nick Schwellenbach and Lagan Sebert

To win hearts and minds in Afghanistan and Iraq, military experts want U.S. companies to contract with local firms for a variety of tasks li

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Homeland Security":

"… s name would not be revealed.Investigators from the FBI, the DCIS and the Department of Homeland Security interviewed the whistleblower over several years beginning in 2005, accord …"

IG: Afghan fuel records go missing

By Aaron Mehta

New IG report warns of missing data on $475 million in oil

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… in fuel for the Afghan army. A large chunk of that funding comes from the United States— the 2012 budget alone included $429 million for the program. As with ot …"

"… uction to the 176-page report. He added that the problem may worsen as the United States heads for the door: “Afghan reconstruction has reached a critical turnin …"

As Afghanistan contracting surges, who's following the money?

By Christine Spolar

U.S. agencies fail to coordinate, inviting waste and abuse