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SIGAR Quarterly Report to the United States Congress

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Technical Report

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Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Arlington United States

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This report summarizes SIGARs oversight work and updates developments in the three majorsectors of Afghanistans reconstruction effort from January 1 to March 31, 2016. It also includesan essay on the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the five major challengesconfronting U.S. efforts to develop the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces 1 limitedoversight visibility, 2 questionable force-strength numbers, 3 unreliable capability assessments,4 limited on-budget assistance capability, and 5 the uncertain long-term sustainabilityof Afghan forces. During this reporting period, SIGAR published 17 audits, inspections, alertletters, and other reports assessing the U.S. efforts to build the Afghan security forces, improvegovernance, and facilitate economic and social development. These reports identified a number ofproblems, including a lack of accountability, failures of planning, deficiencies in internal-controls,and noncompliance issues. The cost savings to the U.S. government from SIGARs investigativework amounted to over 3.1 million civil settlement recoveries totaled 3.7 million and fines,forfeitures, and restitutions amounted to 400,000. SIGAR investigations also resulted in onearrest, one indictment, and six sentencings. Additionally, SIGAR referred 25 individuals and21 companies for suspension or debarment based on evidence developed as part of investigationsconducted by SIGAR in Afghanistan and the United States.

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