Forward Operating Base Sharana: Poor Planning and Construction Resulted in $5.4 Million Spent for Inoperable Incinerators and Continued Use of Open-Air Burn Pits [open pdf - 850KB]
"This report discusses the results of SIGAR's inspection of incinerators and supporting facilities at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Sharana in Paktika province, Afghanistan. The report recommends that the Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), (1) conduct an inquiry into the circumstances of the acceptance of the incinerator facility at FOB Sharana and the payment of $5.4 million to the contractor and (2) based on the results of this inquiry, determine if any action should be taken against the contracting officer(s). […] The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded a $5.6 million contract (W912ER-09-C-0042) on September 18, 2009, to International Home Finance & Development LLC, a company based in Denver, Colorado, to construct solid waste management facilities at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Sharana. At the time the contract was awarded, the base was using open-air burn pit operations to dispose of its solid waste. International Security Assistance Force officials installed incinerator facilities at military bases throughout Afghanistan, including FOB Sharana, for several reasons. Of particular concern was the possible health hazard to base personnel from emissions generated by open-air burn pits used to dispose of solid waste material. For this inspection, we assessed whether (1) construction was completed in accordance with contract requirements and applicable construction standards and (2) the incinerators and supporting facilities were being used as intended and maintained. We conducted our inspection work in Kabul, Afghanistan, and at FOB Sharana located in Paktika province, from May through November 2013, in accordance with the 'Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation', published by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. The engineering assessment was conducted by a professional engineer in accordance with the National Society of Professional Engineers' 'Code of Ethics for Engineers'. Appendix I provides a more detailed discussion of our scope and methodology."
SIGAR 14-13; Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction 14-13
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction: http://www.sigar.mil/