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IG: DoD puts hundreds of millions of dollars at risk in Afghanistan

The DoD Special Missions Wing in Afghanistan does not have adequate personnel to man its existing and planned aircraft fleet, according to an audit from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The air wing only has one fourth of the recruits needed to achieve full strength to be able to handle 48 newly purchased aircraft.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , DoD , Afghanistan , acquisition , Elizabeth Field , Cogan Schneier

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 05:01pm EDT
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IG: Billions wasted on Iraq reconstruction

In his final report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen's conclusion was all too clear: Since the invasion a decade ago this month, the U.S. has spent too much money in Iraq for too few results.

Tags: Stuart Bowen , inspector general , Iraq , Congress , contracting , DoD , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 10:34am EST
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Senators press Army on suspension and debarment delays

A bipartisan group of senators has written to top Army officials to express concern about delays in the suspension and debarment process that leave the service open to contracting waste and fraud. In a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno, the senators questioned "significant time lapses" between referrals for suspension and actual debarment of contractors in Afghanistan.

Tags: Congress , Senate , acquisition , suspension and debarment , Army , DoD , Claire McCaskill , Jeanne Shaheen , Afghanistan

Monday - 12/10/2012, 07:42pm EST

Report: Safety systems for Afghan IEDs inadequate

The watchdog for spending in Afghanistan is warning commanders that a safety system to protect U.S. troops from roadside bombs is incomplete or inadequate.

Tags: oversight , John Sopko , IEDs , Afghanistan

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 11:28am EDT

Contracting waste, fraud 'significant' in Afghanistan, IG says

The watchdog overseeing contract spending in Afghanistan said the amount of waste and fraud is "significant" in that country. "Contingency contracting is an area that is susceptible to waste, fraud and abuse, more so, certainly, than domestic government contracting," said Steven Trent, acting Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, in an interview with The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: Steven Trent , Afghanistan , contracting , Federal Drive , DoD

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 12:01pm EDT
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Watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction resigns

Ret. Major General Arnold Fields has submitted his resignation, the White House announced Monday.

Tags: Arnold Fields , Afghanistan , oversight , White House , accountability , management , Jolie Lee

Monday - 01/10/2011, 08:08pm EST

Senate committee not convinced by SIGAR's testimony

Arnold Fields, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, failed to convince his congressional critics that he's qualified to handle his watchdog job.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Arnold Fields , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Claire McCaskill , Scott Brown , contracting , management

Friday - 12/03/2010, 12:48pm EST