Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) SIGAR provides independent & objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction. To report fraud, waste & abuse, contact us: http://www.sigar.mil/hotline/
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Congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities. Under the authority of Section 1229 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (P.L. 110-181), SIGAR conducts audits and investigations to: 1) promote efficiency and effectiveness of reconstruction programs and 2) detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. SIGAR is headquartered in Arlington, VA; has an office in Kabul, Afghanistan; and has a field presence in multiple locations throughout Afghanistan. To learn more about where SIGAR works visit our webpage: http://www.sigar.mil/about/wherewework/

Mission: To promote economy and efficiency of U.S.-funded reconstruction programs in Afghanistan and to detect and deter fraud, waste, and abuse by conducting independent, objective, and strategic audits, inspections, and investigations.

https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-04-30qr.pdf
06/15/2020

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06/10/2020
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Have you seen SIGAR’s most recent Quarterly Report?

$137 billion has been appropriated for reconstruction activities in #Afghanistan since fiscal year 2002.
If you’re wondering what your tax-payer dollars are doing, read about COVID-19, new data restrictions, civilian casualties, and more in the executive summary.
https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-04-30qr.pdf#page=6

For daily updates, find SIGAR on Twitter @SIGARHQ

05/01/2020
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📍NEW QUARTERLY REPORT TO CONGRESS

Today, SIGAR released its 47th Quarterly Report to Congress, providing updates on COVID-19, border closures and Afghan government revenue, data restrictions on enemy-initiated attacks, as well as civilian casualties and Afghan Special Security Forces operations.

Wondering what $137 billion in U.S. tax-payer dollars does in #Afghanistan? Find out below. 👀
https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-04-30qr.pdf

A summary of SIGAR's recent report, The Human Cost of Reconstruction in #Afghanistan, is shown below.https://www.sigar.m...
02/18/2020

A summary of SIGAR's recent report, The Human Cost of Reconstruction in #Afghanistan, is shown below.

https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/special%20projects/SIGAR-20-25-SP.pdf

SIGAR released a Special Projects report believed to be the first official government effort by an independent inspector...
02/11/2020
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SIGAR released a Special Projects report believed to be the first official government effort by an independent inspector general to track human costs -- the number of people killed, wounded, or kidnapped -- in Afghanistan while conducting reconstruction and stabilization activities.

The report identified 5,135 casualties in #Afghanistan associated with reconstruction or stabilization missions, from 2002 through Dec. 31, 2018.

These include 2,214 killed, 2,921 wounded, and 1,182 individuals kidnapped or missing. Of those killed, at least 284 were Americans.

The report concludes: “Unless the U.S. Government considers the human costs, the true costs of reconstruction and stabilization efforts in Afghanistan are not accurately captured.”

Read the Human Cost of Reconstruction in Afghanistan Report below.

https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/special%20projects/SIGAR-20-25-SP.pdf

UPDATE:  The hearing has been moved up to 1:30 PM EST.🚨HAPPENING TOMORROW🚨: Special Inspector General John F. Sopko to t...
02/10/2020
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UPDATE: The hearing has been moved up to 1:30 PM EST.

🚨HAPPENING TOMORROW🚨: Special Inspector General John F. Sopko to testify before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending.

Topic: Costs and benefits of America’s longest war.

The hearing is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 2:30PM EST.

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📢🚨NEW: QUARTERLY REPORT TO CONGRESSToday, SIGAR released its 46th Quarterly Report to Congress covering topics such as d...
01/31/2020
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📢🚨NEW: QUARTERLY REPORT TO CONGRESS

Today, SIGAR released its 46th Quarterly Report to Congress covering topics such as donor funding, updates on anti-corruption, analysis of data regarding the Afghan National Police, as well as new information on counternarcotics and women’s rights in #Afghanistan.

To find out what’s been happening to nearly $137 billion of U.S. tax payer dollars in Afghanistan, click the link below.

https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-01-30qr.pdf

#ICYMIClick the link below to watch Inspector General John F. Sopko testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Com...
01/28/2020
Hearing on the Trump Administration's Afghanistan Strategy

#ICYMI

Click the link below to watch Inspector General John F. Sopko testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security.

The IG discusses corruption, women’s rights, reintegration, and many other topics with Congress.

https://oversight.house.gov/legislation/hearings/examining-the-trump-administration-s-afghanistan-strategy

A House Oversight and Reform subcommittee holds a hearing examining the Trump administration's strategy in Afghanistan.

01/15/2020
U.S. Lessons Learned in Afghanistan

SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL JOHN F. SOPKO TESTIFIES BEFORE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Watch LIVE as Special Inspector General Sopko testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee this morning at 10:00AM Eastern on the US Lessons Learned in Afghanistan.

LIVE STREAM the hearing here:

U.S. Lessons Learned in Afghanistan January 15, 2020 10:00 AM Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Witness: Mr. John F. SopkoSpecial Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Documents: Hearing notice Click play to view the video or follow this link https://www....

FOLLOWING SIGAR INVESTIGATION, FORMER GREEN BERET PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY AND RECEIVING STOLEN FEDERAL FUNDSWilliam ...
01/14/2020
Former Green Beret Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Receiving Stolen Federal Funds

FOLLOWING SIGAR INVESTIGATION, FORMER GREEN BERET PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY AND RECEIVING STOLEN FEDERAL FUNDS

William Todd Chamberlain, 46, of Raleigh pleaded guilty to Conspiracy and Receiving Stolen Government Property. Chamberlain faces a combined maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, a $500,000 fine, mandatory restitution and forfeiture of $40,000.

Chamberlain along with four other members from the 3rd Special Forces Group based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina were indicted. According to the charging documents, Chamberlain, Cleo Autry, Jeffrey Cook, Deric Harper, and Barry Walls stole approximately $200,000 between July 2009 and January 2010 while deployed together in Afghanistan. These funds were earmarked for humanitarian projects intended to benefit the local Afghan populace, such as public roads, schools and medical clinics. In addition, there were classified funds for Special Forces to support counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan.

The indictment alleged that these soldiers stole a portion of the funds and falsified receipts to conceal the amount of monies stolen. The investigation revealed that all five soldiers converted stolen funds into postal money orders, which were purchased from military post offices in Afghanistan. They also sent cash to family members in the mail or carried cash back into the United States at the end of the deployment. When first approached by law enforcement, Chamberlain and the others lied. They either claimed falsely winning the cash gambling or bringing the cash with them from the United States when deployed.

Special Inspector General John F. Sopko said, "Theft of U.S. government funds in a war zone is a serious crime that weakens our national objectives in Afghanistan. The message of this case is loud and clear: SIGAR and our law enforcement partners will pursue justice - no matter how long it takes."

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of North Carolina FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, January 13, 2020 Former Green Beret Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Receiving Stolen Federal Funds GREENVILLE – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in feder...

Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction, recently signed a cooperation agreement with offic...
12/23/2019

Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction, recently signed a cooperation agreement with officials of NATO’s Stability Policing Centre of Excellence, marking a partnership focused on SIGAR’s ongoing Lessons Learned Program study of policing and corrections in #Afghanistan.

Mr. Aloise signed the agreement with Col. Giuseppe De Magistris, Director of the NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence NATO Stability Policing COE, based in Vincenza, Italy, during a meeting at SIGAR headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, on December 13th. They were joined by Col. Arend te Velde, Chief of Staff of the NATO center, and Joe Windrem, Director of the Lessons Learned Program at SIGAR.

SIGAR responds: Setting the record straight on "The Afghanistan Papers"
12/17/2019
Opinion | Setting the record straight on ‘The Afghanistan Papers’

SIGAR responds: Setting the record straight on "The Afghanistan Papers"

U.S. soldiers attend a training session for the Afghan army in Herat, Afghanistan, on May 2. (Jalil Rezayee/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)By Letters to the Editor December 17, 2019 at 3:46 PM ESTThe Post’s “Afghanistan Papers” project attempted to shine a light on problems in the United States’ l...

11/27/2019
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NEW AUDIT OF USAID FOOD ASSISTANCE IN AFGHANISTAN

SIGAR found that USAID lacked data to evaluate whether its nearly $589 million in emergency food assistance to Afghanistan achieved its intended outcomes

According to the Afghanistan government, there has been a 15% increase of people living in Afghanistan without access to enough food between 2010 and 2017.

To read the full report and learn about the 3 recommendations from SIGAR, click the link below

HAPPENING NOW: Inspector General Sopko speaking at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars about the state ...
11/20/2019
Eighteen Years and $132 Billion: Taking Stock of U.S. Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan

HAPPENING NOW: Inspector General Sopko speaking at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars about the state of the US reconstruction effort in Afghanistan, his most recent trip to Kabul, as well as the findings of SIGAR's recently released assessment of the Afghan government's anti-corruption efforts.

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This event will provide an assessment of the latest challenges facing the $132 billion U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector…

Join Inspector General John Sopko tomorrow at 10:30AM Eastern as he speaks at the Woodrow Wilson International Center fo...
11/19/2019
Eighteen Years and $132 Billion: Taking Stock of U.S. Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan

Join Inspector General John Sopko tomorrow at 10:30AM Eastern as he speaks at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars about the state of the US reconstruction effort in Afghanistan, his most recent trip to Kabul, as well as the findings of SIGAR's recently released assessment of the Afghan government's anti-corruption efforts.

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This event will provide an assessment of the latest challenges facing the $132 billion U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector…

11/18/2019
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سرمفتش ویژه برای بازسازی افغانستان(سیگار) نسخه گزارش به زبان دری را درمورد ادغام مجدد جگنجویان پیشین به نتشر میرساند.

سرمفتش ویژه برای بازسازی افغانستان(سیگار) نسخه گزارش درس های آموخته شده را به زبان دری در مورد ادغام مجدد جگنجویان پیشین در افغانستان به نتشر رسانیده. این گزارش به بررسی تلاشهای ادغام مجدد پس از سال 2001 در افغانستان ، و فرصت ها و محدودیت ها برای ادغام مجدد در حال حاضر و آینده می پردازد.

Join IG John Sopko next Wednesday, November 20, at 10:30AM Eastern at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Schola...
11/13/2019
Eighteen Years and $132 Billion: Taking Stock of U.S. Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan

Join IG John Sopko next Wednesday, November 20, at 10:30AM Eastern at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, to discuss the latest challenges facing the $132 billion U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. The event will also feature discussion of SIGAR's new assessment of Afghanistan's anti-corruption activities and IG Sopko's observations from his most recent trip to Afghanistan.

Event info and registration:

This event will provide an assessment of the latest challenges facing the $132 billion U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector…

11/05/2019
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SIGAR RELEASES ANTI-CORRUPTION ASSESSMENT

Today, SIGAR released an assessment of the Afghan government’s progress toward achieving anti-corruption reforms. This report is an update to a similar assessment released in May 2018 report on the Afghan government’s progress implementing its anti-corruption strategy, including whether the Afghan government is making progress toward achieving its anti-corruption objectives.

The report found that the Afghan government has made progress in meeting its anti-corruption strategy benchmarks since May 2018, but serious challenges remain to fighting corruption including resource shortfalls at anti-corruption institutions, the impunity of powerful individuals, and declining activity at the corruption courts.

The Afghan government met 57 of 76 benchmarks, or about 75 percent due by June 2019 under the anti-corruption strategy updated by the Afghan government in February.

Until the Afghan government can sustain a comprehensive anti-corruption efforts, Afghans will continue to view their country as corrupt, and nefarious, powerful Afghans will remain free.

NEW: QUARTERLY REPORT TO CONGRESSToday, SIGAR released its forty-fifth Quarterly Report to Congress, examining the curre...
10/31/2019
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NEW: QUARTERLY REPORT TO CONGRESS

Today, SIGAR released its forty-fifth Quarterly Report to Congress, examining the current state of the US reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. The report features new information, updates, and analysis of data on civilian casualties, enemy-initiated attacks, Afghan government revenues, Afghanistan's growing methamphetamine problem, the progress of Afghan anti-corruption efforts, and much more.

اداره سر مفتش ویژه برای بازسازی افغانستان (سیگار) لست خطرات بلند رابه زبان دری به نشرمی رساند.لست خطرات بلند اداره سر مف...
10/02/2019
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اداره سر مفتش ویژه برای بازسازی افغانستان (سیگار) لست خطرات بلند رابه زبان دری به نشرمی رساند.

لست خطرات بلند اداره سر مفتش ویژه برای بازسازی افغانستان (سیگار) در هشت (8) عرصه از خطرات جدی در تلاشهای ایالات متحده برای بازسازی افغانستان را شناسای میکند:ناامنی گسترده، قابلیتهای انکشاف نیافته مدنی پولیس، فساد اداری فراگیر، رشد بطی اقتصادی، تجارت غیرقانونی مواد مخدر، خطرات به حقوق زنان، آزمون ادغام مجدد، نظارت محدود

FOLLOWING SIGAR INVESTIGATION, FORMER SOLDIER SENTENCED ON FIREARM OFFENSEJoseph Russel Graff, 39, of Newport, North Car...
09/30/2019
Former Soldier Sentenced on Firearm Offense

FOLLOWING SIGAR INVESTIGATION, FORMER SOLDIER SENTENCED ON FIREARM OFFENSE

Joseph Russel Graff, 39, of Newport, North Carolina was sentenced to 52 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release following his guilty plea for unlawful possession of machineguns. During a search of Graff's residence, law enforcement recovered eight firearms, six of which were machineguns. Graff told law enforcement officials that he brought the weapons back from Afghanistan, but falsely claimed that he had cleared all the firearms through his Command and U.S. Customs. He did not have any permits to possess any National Firearms Act firearms, nor did he obtain a permit to import weapons.

During the investigation, law enforcement officials uncovered evidence that Graff participated in a scheme to steal U.S. government property and have it sold on the black market by Afghan nationals. Graff sent the money from the scheme back to the United States and used it to make a down payment on a new home, install an indoor pool, and to buy new vehicles for himself and his family. Graff agreed to forfeit $151,906.11 in connection with the fraud.

"This crime involves a serious breach of trust," said Inspector General John F. Sopko. "SIGAR investigators will tirelessly pursue any crimes involving the abuse of the public trust and misuse of American taxpayer dollars in Afghanistan."

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of North Carolina FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, September 27, 2019 Former Soldier Sentenced on Firearm Offense RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District...

FORMER OWNER OF MARBLE MINING COMPANY IN AFGHANISTAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING US GOVERNMENT, LEADING TO DEFAUL...
09/20/2019
Former Owner of Marble Mining Company in Afghanistan Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding U.S. Government Agency, Leading to Default on a $15.8 Million Loan

FORMER OWNER OF MARBLE MINING COMPANY IN AFGHANISTAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING US GOVERNMENT, LEADING TO DEFAULT ON A $15.8 MILLION LOAN

Following a SIGAR investigation and subsequent conviction, Azam Doost, 41, of Union City, California was sentenced yesterday to 54 months in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Doost was also ordered to serve 36 months supervised release and pay $8.9 million in forfeiture and separate restitution in the same amount.

In September 2018, Doost was found guilty of three counts or major fraud against the United States, eight counts of wire fraud, four counts of false statements on loan applications or extensions, and eight counts of money laundering. Doost, along with his brother, obtained a $15.8 million loan from OPIC for the development, maintenance, and operation of a marble mine in western Afghanistan.

Doost falsely reported to OPIC that he had no affiliation with any of the vendors with whom he dealt, when he had financial relationships with several of them. His business partner was listed on the bank accounts for a number of vendors. Upon receipt of OPIC funds, Doost caused significant amounts of this money to be transferred from those accounts to Doost's associates or to pay his debts. Doost and his brother failed to repay any of the principal on the OPIC loan, and only a limited amount of interest, and ultimately defaulted on the loan.

The former owner of a marble mining company in Afghanistan was sentenced to 54 months in prison today for his role in a scheme to defraud the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a U.S. government agency, which led to the default on a $15.8 million loan.

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