By: Bryant Le
On January 30, 2014, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued its quarterly report to Congress regarding its oversight work and the status of obligations and programs relating to the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
After facilitating performance and financial audits over the reporting period, SIGAR identified deficiencies in internal controls and noncompliance in several areas. Key findings within the 225-page report include:
- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has not fully remediated significant issues within Afghan ministries that will receive over $1 billion in direct, government-to-government assistance (see SIGAR report on USAID Direct Assistance).
- SIGAR noted continued concern over contract oversight and monitoring, and specifically concerns around previous progress assessment systems that generated disparate and inconsistent information, undermining the value of the information.
- SIGAR also noted that organizations performed limited risk assessments and had incomplete budget processes, which heightened risk with respect to contract oversight.
- SIGAR performed eight financial audits during the quarter and, as a result, identified more than $10.7 million in questioned costs. SIGAR cited internal control deficiencies and noncompliance issues as the catalyst to the questioned costs, primarily related to: Continue reading SIGAR Issues Quarterly Report to Congress