IG Slams Oversight of $236M For Afghan Health Contracts

Law360, New York (September 5, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT) -- The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction on Thursday criticized USAID's disbursement of $236 million that the Afghan Ministry of Public Health used for public health contracts, saying USAID's lack of oversight showed "a reckless disregard toward the management of U.S. taxpayer dollars."

USAID never verified the $236 million cost estimate from the Ministry of Public Health, and the inaccurate cost estimate led to excess obligations of nearly $63 million, according to SIGAR. Financial management deficiencies at the MoPH, identified in an April 2012 USAID audit,...
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