Accession Number:

AD1147604

Title:

Hamid Karzai International Airport: Despite Improvements, Controls to Detect Cash Smuggling Still Need Strengthening

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Technical Report]

Corporate Author:

SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2021-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15

Abstract:

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security DHS funded and installed cash counting machines in the airport to record the serial numbers of currency leaving the country in an overall effort of preventing illegal cash flow out of the airport. The machines are capable of counting up to 900 bills a minute and can scan, record, and transmit the serial numbers of U.S. dollars USD, euros EUR, and Saudi riyals SAR via the Internet to Afghan law enforcement and its international partners. A year after installation of the machines, SIGAR conducted a review and found that Afghan customs officials rarely used the machines and stored them in a side room that lacked appropriate security. Furthermore, the machines were never connected to the Internet, making it impossible to record and send serial number data to the Afghan authorities. Additionally, senior Afghan government officials and people with political influence were exempted from key parts of the customs process aimed at detecting and preventing cash smuggling. This report is a follow-up to that review.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]