Actions Needed for a More Strategic Approach to U.S. Judicial Security Assistance
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA
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On December 18, 2009, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction SIGAR released a report assessing U.S. judicial security assistance to Afghanistan SIGAR Audit-10-3. Due to the sensitive nature of the issues discussed in the report, distribution was restricted to relevant agency and congressional officials as Controlled Unclassified Information. SIGAR is providing the following unrestricted summary of the reports findings and recommendations for public distribution. Sensitive information that could endanger U.S., allied, and Afghan lives and interests have been removed from this summary. SIGAR Audit-10-3 assessed U.S. assistance to Afghanistan in the area of judicial security with a focus on support to the Judicial Security Unit JSU1 SIGAR Audit-10-3 is part of a series of SIGAR audits addressing U.S. efforts to strengthen Afghanistans anti-corruption capabilities and the rule of law. and plans for a broader judicial security program. We examined 1 the approach used by U.S. agencies to provide judicial security assistance, and 2 the factors that could affect the efficacy of such assistance. We conducted our work in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C., from July to November 2009 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. During the course of the audit, SIGAR provided a letter to the U.S. Embassy on October 11, 2009, outlining issues that needed immediate attention. The Embassy responded to these concerns in a letter dated November 5, 2009. When preparing the final report, we considered written comments from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and incorporated information based on technical comments from the Departments of Justice, State, and Defense.
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