U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding the poor performance of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. A recent review by the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency found that the Afghanistan inspector general's office did not meet professional standards for investigators and found multiple serious deficiencies in the audit division. Dr. Coburn asked President Obama to conduct this review in December 2009.
"For more than a year, I have urged President Obama to ensure that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has the leadership necessary to fulfill its mandate to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in Afghanistan. The recent findings of the independent review of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) are appalling and confirm that there is clearly a lack of competent senior leadership in this agency," Dr. Coburn said.
"Fraud, corruption and wasted resources are placing our soldiers and the mission in Afghanistan in danger. The president must take swift action and replace the Inspector General and his top staff and immediately appoint an aggressive and independent watchdog who will oversee the billions of dollars the United States is sending there," Dr. Coburn said.