Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction: Quarterly Report to the United States Congress [April 30, 2017] [open pdf - 7MB]
"This quarter, the new Administration has been engaged in a review of U.S. policy in Afghanistan. National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster visited Kabul, meeting with senior Afghan and Coalition officials to gather first-hand impressions for the review. To support this review, this quarterly report includes an essay describing how Afghanistan's reconstruction might be reexamined by the Administration. In particular, SIGAR [Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction] proposes that federal agencies working in Afghanistan: [1.] Identify stronger and weaker programs to facilitate more informed decisions on priorities and possible adjustments. [2.] Prepare for triage by indicating what programs could be reduced, postponed, or cancelled if budget constraints required. [3.] Impose enhanced management practices by examining programs and confirming that they have clearly defined objectives, measurable benchmarks, and sustainable end states. [4.] Examine programs to check safeguards against losing funds to corruption or inadvertently providing support to the Taliban or terrorist networks. [5.] Establish a U.S. counternarcotics strategy, now years overdue, to reduce the illicit commerce that provides the Taliban with the bulk of their revenue. [6.] Determine if some capabilities eliminated during the previous U.S. efforts to 'right-size' reconstruction need to be reinstated, including those dealing with contract vetting and threat financing. [...] Despite the security situation, SIGAR manages to continue meeting Afghan and Coalition officials and inspecting programs and projects around the country."
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction: http://www.sigar.mil/