ANA Garrison at Farah Appeared Well Built Overall but Some Construction Issues Should Be Addressed
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA
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One objective of coalition efforts in Afghanistan is to build the countrys capacity to provide for its own security by training and equipping the Afghan National Security Forces ANSF. Current plans call for the Afghanistan National Army ANA to grow to 171,600 by October 2011. As a result, additional facilities will be needed to train and base the ANA. Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan CSTC-A is funding contracts totaling 68.1 million through the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund to establish an ANA garrison in Farah, located in south-western Afghanistan and bordering Iran. The ANA began occupying the garrison in October 2009. Built to house 2,000 personnel, the garrison is almost complete and was built in two phases by FCEC-UI Projects JV, an Afghan-owned construction firm. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers USACE Afghanistan Engineer District AED-South provides program management and oversight of construction. This report addresses the contracts outcomes, USACE oversight, and sustainment of and overall justification for the Farah garrison. To accomplish these objectives, SIGAR reviewed all contracts, statements of work, and modifications, and other selected files for the garrison and examined guidance in the Federal Acquisition Regulation FAR and the AED District Level Quality Assurance Plan for Construction. SIGAR interviewed officials from CSTC-A and the contractor and also performed a site inspection of the garrison in January 2010. SIGAR conducted this work in Afghanistan from November 2009 to June 2010, in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.
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