Post Tagged with: "sigar"

Getting Stability and Reconstruction Ops Right…the Next Time

Getting Stability and Reconstruction Ops Right…the Next Time

July 27, 2013 at 12:13 am

TIME 07/26/12 By Rep. Steve Stockman I am the sponsor of a recently introduced bill, H.R. 2606, along with my colleague Peter Welch, Democrat of Vermont, calling for the establishment of a U.S. Office of Contingency Operations. Why is this necessary? Bluntly speaking, the way the United States currently plans […]

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Keeping America Accountable in the War Zone

Keeping America Accountable in the War Zone

July 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

ROLL CALL 07/15/13 By Michael Shank and Matt Southworth The House Foreign Affairs Committee heard a compelling case recently for better oversight and accountability of war funding. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen delivered the agency’s final oversight report to the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North […]

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Bribes, Money Hidden in Teddy Bears: Welcome to US Spending in Afghanistan

Bribes, Money Hidden in Teddy Bears: Welcome to US Spending in Afghanistan

July 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

THE GUARDIAN 07/09/13 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Steve Cohen The Department of Defense is spending more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to buy Russian-made aircraft for an Afghan aviation squad that lacks the troops and expertise to operate or maintain them. We know about this example of […]

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How U.S. War Funds Get Wasted … And How to Stop It

How U.S. War Funds Get Wasted … And How to Stop It

July 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 07/01/13 By Michael Shank The scandal at the Internal Revenue Service illustrates well the critical importance of an inspector general in keeping an administration accountable, regardless of which party holds the presidency. Had it not been for the Office of the Inspector General within the […]

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Pentagon Resists Budget Cuts – Without Even Knowing How Much it Spends

Pentagon Resists Budget Cuts – Without Even Knowing How Much it Spends

January 23, 2013 at 2:21 am

THE GUARDIAN 01/23/13 By Michael Shank GOP hawks who defend the US military’s budget from Chuck Hagel’s charge of ‘bloated’ must account for why it isn’t audited No matter how much Congress softens the sequestration’s austerity footprint, everyone in government will have to nip-and-tuck in order to balance budgets. And […]

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How Pentagon Employees Are Picking America’s Pocket – In Afghanistan

How Pentagon Employees Are Picking America’s Pocket – In Afghanistan

December 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

POLITICO 12/8-9/12 By Michael Shank At the beginning of this lame duck session, a report was delivered to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). Likely few in Washington read it. The U.S. war in Afghanistan wasn’t a big part of pre-election politicking and now, post-election, the […]

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Congress Can’t Ignore Afghanistan in Budget Talks

Congress Can’t Ignore Afghanistan in Budget Talks

November 29, 2012 at 2:34 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 11/29/12 By Michael Shank A new report shows irresponsible spending by the Defense Department in Afghanistan. This month, hidden amid election excitement, a report was delivered to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Likely few in Washington read it. The U.S. war […]

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These Fiscal Cliff Hawks Ought To Be Foreign Policy Doves

These Fiscal Cliff Hawks Ought To Be Foreign Policy Doves

November 26, 2012 at 2:38 am

THE GUARDIAN 11/26/12 By Michael Shank The occupation of Afghanistan costs US taxpayers $10bn a month, and millions in corruption. Yet Congress is oblivious. This month, hidden amid election excitement, a report was delivered to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar). Likely, few in Washington read […]

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Is It Time to Withdraw From Afghanistan?

Is It Time to Withdraw From Afghanistan?

March 6, 2012 at 11:26 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/06/12 By Tierney Sneed Violent protests in Afghanistan after an inadvertent Koran-burning lead some to argue that it is time for America to get out Three months since withdrawing from Iraq, the Obama administration is acknowledging the challenges American forces are facing in another President […]

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Want to Cut Big Government Abuses? Start with Defence Contracting

Want to Cut Big Government Abuses? Start with Defence Contracting

August 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

THE GUARDIAN 08/06/11 By Michael Shank We have the evidence: the hardpressed US taxpayer is being fleeced by profiteering contractors and corrupt military personnel This past week, as US Congress quacked its way through the debt-ceiling quagmire, a seemingly non-germane offshore issue surfaced vis-a-vis Iraq. The connection between the two […]

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