US Must Improve Vetting Of Afghan Contractors: GAO

Law360, New York (June 8, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT) -- The U.S. risks funneling taxpayer money to terrorists, fraudsters and other criminals because it does not routinely vet Afghanistan contracts worth less than $100,000, which make up three-quarters of new contracts with non-U.S. vendors, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Defense, Department of State and the Agency for International Development collectively obligated $17.2 billion in contracts to support U.S. efforts in Afghanistan in fiscal year 2009 and the first half of fiscal year 2010, but widespread corruption in Afghanistan has fueled...
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