I received the following email communication today from Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). It read as follows:
“Hi Mr. Tilford,
Today, SIGAR released an inspection of the Pol-i-Charkhi Prison, Afghanistan’s largest correctional facility.
The report notes:
–More than 5 years after renovation began, Pol-i-Charkhi prison has not been completed, and the contract with Al-Watan Construction Company (AWCC) has been terminated.
–State department paid AWCC $18.5 million on a $20.2 million contract, over 90 percent of the contract amount, even though only 50 percent of work was completed.
–An independent firm identified defective workmanship, including, soil settlement issues & failure to connect back-up generators to the prison’s power grid.
–A corrupt contracting officer’s representative (COR) was a factor in the oversight breakdown of the renovation work, and another COR who resigned his position was a factor in the financial settlement for AWCC.
–Pol-i-Charkhi prison is being used, but is overcrowded with prisoners housed in hallways. The prison was designed for about 5,000 prisoners, but currently houses about 7,400.
If you need any additional information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Acting Director of Public Affairs
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction ”