I received the following email communication from the Director of Public Affairs
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Alex Bronstein-Moffly. It read as follows:
“Dear Mr. Tilford,
SIGAR released an audit of U.S.-funded salary payments for the Afghan National Police (ANP), which total $1.3 billion.
The audit found:
–The U.S. is spending over $300 million annually for ANP salaries with little assurance that these funds are going to active police personnel or that the amounts paid are correct.
–There are almost twice as many ANP identification cards in circulation as there are active police personnel.
–After 9 years of effort, an electronic human resources system has still not been successfully implemented.
–Reports have disclosed inflated police rosters, payments being made to more police personnel than are authorized in particular locations, and police personnel receiving inflated salaries.
–20% of ANP personnel are at risk of not receiving their full salaries because they are paid in cash by an MOI-appointed trusted agent, where as much as half of these payments are possibly diverted.
–U.S. officials confirmed that over the past year they accepted, without question, all personnel totals provided by the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MOI).
–UNDP’s independent monitoring agent may have artificially inflated the percentage of successfully verified ANP personnel from 59% to as much as 84%.
–As U.S. forces draw down, the U.S. government will have increasingly limited visibility over ANP data collection
–Unless the MOI develops the capability to ensure and verify the accuracy of ANP personnel and payroll data, there is a significant risk that a large portion of the over $300 million in annual U.S. funding for ANP salaries will be wasted or abused.
Director of Public Affairs
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction…”
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