Construction Costs and Delays at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, July 9, 2015   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is a compilation of the July 9, 2015 hearing entitled "Construction Costs and Delays at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul," held before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the opening statement of committee chairman Jason Chaffetz: "Keeping Americans safe who work in Foreign Service in Kabul, Afghanistan is a constant challenge. Just last week, Taliban militants attacked a NATO convoy just 500 yards from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The week before, militants stormed the Afghan parliament in Kabul in broad daylight in what appears to be a coordinated attack. These incidents make clear we have to ensure our brave men and women serving in these hostile environments are safe. And one of the best ways to ensure their safety is to provide secure facilities for them to perform their diplomatic missions. Due to mismanagement by the State Department, however, that is not happening in Kabul. As a result, the American diplomatic staff in Afghanistan are being exposed to unnecessary danger." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Lydia Muniz, Michael J. Courts, Gregory B. Starr, Donald S. Hays, Jarrett Blanc, and Michael L. Gulino.

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