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SIGAR's Lessons Learned Program and Lessons from the Long War

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Technical Report

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Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Arlington United States

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In 2008, Congress created SIGAR to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in the U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. Why Because we were spending more money in Afghanistan on reconstruction than we spent under the Marshall Plan to rebuild all of Europe after World War II and Congress felt they needed a dedicated and specialized agency to protect the taxpayers investment, which now totals over 136 billion. Like all other Inspectors General, SIGAR has both auditing and law enforcement responsibilities but, unlike the other 73 federal inspectors general, SIGAR is not housed within any one government agency. This means we have the unique ability to oversee any federal agency that has played a role in the Afghanistan reconstruction effort. To date, we have published nearly 600 audits, inspections, and other reports that have resulted in cost savings to the taxpayer of over 3 billion and convicted over 130 individuals for misconduct related to reconstruction. This includes seven lessons learned reports, which Id like to take a moment to discuss.

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  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Administration and Management

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