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.

Operating as usual

As of June 30, 2020, the United States had appropriatedapproximately $137.86 billion for reconstruction and related acti...
09/08/2020

As of June 30, 2020, the United States had appropriated
approximately $137.86 billion for reconstruction and related activities in Afghanistan since fiscal year 2002.

Take a look at the image below to see where this money has gone.

For daily updates, follow SIGAR on Twitter @SIGARHQ

https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-07-30qr-section3-funding.pdf

09/02/2020
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Former #Afghan politician Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani sentenced to three years of probation and six months of home confinement after he pleaded guilty to theft of public money, admitting he received over $100,000 in government benefits.

The former provincial governor of Herat & previously chairman of the Independent Election Commission of #Afghanistan admitted to concealing & repeatedly lying to the Social Security Administration about his foreign travel & residency, and to receiving $27,492.44 in Social Security Income payments and to causing a loss of $73,090.34 to the State of California for health care payments and services as a result of his fraud.

How has #COVID-19 been affecting #Afghanistan?  Read here: https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-07-30qr-secti...
08/11/2020

How has #COVID-19 been affecting #Afghanistan?

Read here:https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-07-30qr-section3-economic.pdf

For daily updates, follow SIGAR on Twitter @SIGARHQ

07/31/2020
SIGAR releases its 48th Quarterly Report to Congress

🚨 SIGAR's NEW Quarterly Report to Congress provides many updates on the current situation in #Afghanistan.

Watch the video below to see how #COVID-19, Taliban attacks, and human-trafficking are affecting #Afghanistan

https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-07-30qr.pdf

SIGAR Special Agents arrest investment firm executive charged in federal indictment with running multimillion-dollar Pon...
07/23/2020
Vice President Of Investment Firm Arrested For Running Multimillion-Dollar Ponzi Scheme Targeting Afghanistan-Based Bank

SIGAR Special Agents arrest investment firm executive charged in federal indictment with running multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme against Afghan-based bank, multiple U.S. victims.

Details in press release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/vice-president-investment-firm-arrested-running-multimillion-dollar-ponzi-scheme

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 23, 2020 Vice President Of Investment Firm Arrested For Running Multimillion-Dollar Ponzi Scheme Targeting Afghanistan-Based Bank Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the So...

07/21/2020
New ScanEagle Report (Dari)

📢NEW Performance Audit. Read full report here:https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/audits/SIGAR-20-44-AR.pdf

Video of ScanEagle By: Spc. Derek Mustard; Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve

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#Afghanistan #DOD #Afghan #AfghanNationalArmy #ScanEagle

07/21/2020
New ScanEagle Report (English)

📢NEW Performance Audit. Read full report here:https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/audits/SIGAR-20-44-AR.pdf

Video of ScanEagle By: Spc. Derek Mustard; Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve

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#Afghanistan #DOD #Afghan #AfghanNationalArmy #ScanEagle

American contractor pleads guilty to stealing government equipment worth over $300,000 on U.S. military base in #Afghani...
07/16/2020
American Contractor Pleads Guilty to Stealing Government Equipment on U.S. Military Base in Afghanistan

American contractor pleads guilty to stealing government equipment worth over $300,000 on U.S. military base in #Afghanistan

Details in press release below:
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/american-contractor-pleads-guilty-stealing-government-equipment-us-military-base-afghanistan

An American military contractor pleaded guilty today to his role in a theft ring on a military installation in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

07/08/2020
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In the quarter that ended April 30, Resolute Support for the first time restricted from public release its data on enemy-initiated attacks (EIA) and effective enemy-initiated attacks (EEIA) in Afghanistan. RS said the data was being withheld from public release because “EIA are now a critical part of deliberative interagency discussions regarding ongoing political negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban.” The Pentagon’s Afghanistan policy office told SIGAR the data could again become publicly releasable after the deliberative process ends.

Resolute Support also told SIGAR that “the Taliban refrained from attacks against Coalition Forces; however they increased attacks against Afghan National Defense Security Force to levels above seasonal norms.”

To learn more about security in #Afghanistan, click the link below.
For daily updates, find SIGAR on Twitter @SIGARHQ
https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-04-30qr.pdf#page=72

Wondering how #COVID-19 is affecting #Afghanistan?Afghanistan is especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic due ...
07/01/2020
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Wondering how #COVID-19 is affecting #Afghanistan?

Afghanistan is especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic due to a weak healthcare system, poor water & sanitation infrastructure, and high malnutrition rates, among other factors, according to United Nations. On April 2, the World Bank approved a $100.4 million grant to help fight COVID-19 in #Afghanistan by reinforcing essential health services. The United States is providing Afghanistan with more than $18 million to support prevention, treatment, and detection.

The spread of COVID-19 in neighboring Iran, one of the world’s worst-hit countries, led to record numbers (226,316 as of April 4) of undocumented Afghans returning from Iran this quarter.

Because the Afghan government relies so heavily on customs duties and taxes—which make up approximately one-fifth of all revenues—increased border closures due to the spread of COVID-19 could adversely affect Afghanistan’s fiscal position in 2020.

Read more on COVID in Afghanistan here…
For daily updates, find SIGAR on Twitter @SIGARHQ
https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-04-30qr.pdf#page=11

*Images are current as of April 15.

What is the security situation in #Afghanistan? Find out here...https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-04-30qr-...
06/29/2020

What is the security situation in #Afghanistan? Find out here..https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-04-30qr-section3-security.pdf

06/24/2020
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Security Update:
In an April 16 email to SIGAR, the State Department made it clear that it does not consider all Taliban attacks on the ANDSF a violation of the agreement, saying, “The U.S.-Taliban agreement does not prohibit all Taliban attacks against Afghan security forces, nor does it preclude the United States from acting in defense of Afghan forces.”

The State Department added that “Secretary Pompeo noted that the United States retained the right to defend Afghan government forces when attacked.” Resolute Support said that during Reduction in Violence week “the Taliban reduced violence to historic lows. However, almost immediately afterward, the Taliban increased attacks against the ANDSF.”

To full Quarterly Report, click below.
For daily updates, find SIGAR on Twitter @SIGARHQ
https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-04-30qr.pdf#page=111

Learn more here...https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-04-30qr-section3-security.pdf
06/23/2020

Learn more here...
https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-04-30qr-section3-security.pdf

06/18/2020
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In a sign that food supplies may be running short (or that vendors are price-gouging), the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), in late March, recorded price spikes for key food commodities in certain heavily populated parts of #Afghanistan. In the last month, the WFP reported a 15-18% increase in price of wheat flour and 17% increase in price of cooking oil in #Afghanistan. At the same time, purchasing power of casual laborers and pastoralists declined by 20% and 14%.

Continue reading full quarterly report below.
For daily updates, find SIGAR on Twitter @SIGARHQ

https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2020-04-30qr.pdf#page=139

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

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

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...

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