Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction: Afghan National Army: $201 Million in DOD Fuel Purchases Still Unaccounted for Because Records Were Shredded [open pdf - 132KB]
From the statement of John F. Sopko: "In testimony before your subcommittee on September 13, 2012, I reported that officers with the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) had shredded documents related to fuel purchased for the Afghan National Army (ANA). I noted that SIGAR [Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction] had alerted the Secretary of Defense; the Commander, U.S. Central Command; and senior commanders in the field about this destruction of documents and recommended that DOD look into the causes and circumstances of the reported shredding. I also referred this matter to our investigations directorate for further inquiry. This letter summarizes the results of our investigation. In my September 10, 2012 alert letter, I reported that, according to CSTC-A, all financial records covering approximately $475 million of ANA fuel purchases from fiscal year 2007 through February 2011 had been shredded. Following your subcommittee's hearing, CSTC-A found the financial records for fiscal year 2007 to February 2010. Our investigation, therefore, focused on the March 2010 through February 2011 timeframe. […] Our investigators found no evidence that the document shredding was related to criminal activity. However, the failure to retain these records violated the Federal Acquisition Regulation pertaining to record retention and CENTCOM [U.S. Central Command] orders. Most notably, the shredding of documents began within days of a February 28, 2010, CENTCOM order instructing CENTCOM financial managers not to destroy or dispose of financial records pertaining to Operation Enduring Freedom. Given the high risk for fraud, waste, and abuse in U.S. assistance provided to Afghanistan, it is especially important that U.S. agencies adhere to records retentions policies and procedures to facilitate the availability of financial records for audit and review. Because of CSTC-A's failure to comply with these procedures, the U.S. government still cannot account for $201 million in fuel purchased to support the Afghan National Army."
SIGAR Investigative Report 13-1
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction: http://www.sigar.mil/