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The lawless State Department has informed SIGAR, the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, that it will choose who gets to audit the State Department. There’s a lot that stinks here. SIGAR is not impressed:
Two SIGAR audits are also being hindered by a lack of cooperation from State and USAID. The first evaluates your agencies’ compliance with the laws and regulations prohibiting transfers of funds to members of the Taliban and the Haqqani Network. The second concerns ongoing emergency food assistance to Afghanistan.
SIGAR was also informed by State that the Department would not cooperate with future financial audits conducted by SIGAR, but would from now on choose its own auditors. It should go without saying, but neither SIGAR’s authorizing statute nor the Inspector General Act of 1978 contain a “choose your own auditor” provision.
The series of letters linked to below are full of things like this:
Your claim that these matters are not within SIGAR’s jurisdiction is astonishing. SIGAR has been reviewing, auditing, investigating, and reporting on these and related issues for more than 12 years, including USAID humanitarian assistance (for example, food assistance programs) and support to Afghan refugees. These audits and requests for information are squarely within areas in which we have conducted oversight in the past. Moreover, SIGAR has been issuing Congressionally mandated quarterly reports on security, governance, and economic and social development since 2009, incorporating large amounts of information obtained from your agencies. Prior to the collapse of the Afghan government in August 2021, State and USAID generally cooperated with our audits and requests for information. What has changed?
I wanted to write more, and better, but I seem to have a real block about some of this stuff. So enjoy the linked sources:
Say what you will (and what I will) about TGP, but they got this one right.
h/t patriotsPublished in