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Watchdog in place for Afghanistan Reconstruction Projects

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Watchdog in place for Afghanistan Reconstruction Projects

US Senator, Jeanne Shaheen for New Hampshire and Jim Risch for Idaho, have introduced the Afghan Contractor Accountability Act, requiring federal agencies to notify Congress and publicly justify their failure to comply with recommendations of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

As of March 2012, US Congress has provided over $89.5 billion in humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan. These funds are used to build the Afghan National Security Forces, promote good governance, conduct development assistance, and engage in counter-narcotics and anti-corruption efforts.

Congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities.

The Senators introduced the legislation in an attempt to ensure that reconstruction dollars are spent wisely, allowing Congress to keep a close eye on the failure to agree with a finding from SIGAR.

“It is an imperative that we account for all taxpayer dollars spent in Afghanistan and ensure that fraud, waste and abuse is not occurring for any reason, “said Risch.

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