Serial No. 111-119: Afghanistan and Pakistan: Accountability Community Oversight of a New Interagency Strategy, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, September 9, 2009 [open pdf - 7MB]
From the opening statement of John F. Tierney: "Congress will consider final passage of a bill to triple U.S. aid to Pakistan to almost $11⁄2 billion a year. In short, the United States is on the verge of doubling down on a commitment of troops and treasure to Afghanistan and Pakistan. As we have learned in Iraq, however, a sudden increase in conflict resources exponentially increases the likelihood of waste, fraud and abuse. Unfortunately, some of our programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan to date have been flawed and have lacked basic accountability measures. For example, last year the subcommittee and the Government Accountability Office conducted major investigations of the Coalition Support Funds Program by which the United States reimburses Pakistan for expenses it incurs in certain counterterrorism operations. This program has represented the bulk of the U.S. aid to Pakistan in the past 7 years, some $6.7 billion to date. The investigations found that there were no receipts for a significant portion of the U.S. reimbursements to Pakistan and that the program lacked basic accountability provisions. Further, the reimbursement program isn't really designed to improve the Pakistani military's capabilities for counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. In Afghanistan in January 2009, the Government Accountability Office report brought attention to the significant lack of accountability for 242,203 small arms provided to the Afghan National Security Forces. The Department of Defenses Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan [CSTC--A], could not provide records, did not track serial numbers, or could not locate a significant portion of the weapons provided. In addition, the report drew attention to the inability of the Afghan National Security Forces to safeguard those weapons." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Arnold Fields, Gordon Heddell, Donald Gambatesa, Harold Geisel, Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers, and John F. Tierney.
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