Monthly Archives: October 2013

SIGAR Reports: Police HQ Not Sustained; Medical Clinic Unused; $725M Potentially Outside 2014

[Translate] Oct. 30, 2013 Today SIGAR posted several reports and products: –Testimony of Inspector General John F. Sopko before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Mr. Sopko testified about oversight challenges and their implications for Afghan women … Continue reading

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Mangaung Prison

[Translate] Mangaung Prison 28 October 2013 Response to misrepresentations regarding Mangaung prison We note with concern recent media coverage regarding our contract to operate the Mangaung Correctional Centre (MCC) in South Africa and would like to set the record straight.

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FCO Written Ministerial Statement on the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers Association Launch

[Translate] Foreign & Commonwealth Office Written Ministerial Statement International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers Association Launch 15 October 2013 The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mark Simmonds): The UK is, along with the USA, … Continue reading

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Contractor failed to review security background checks, Justice claims

[Translate] Contractor failed to review security background checks, Justice claims By Sari Horwitz and Tom Hamburger, Published: October 30 The Obama administration on Wednesday accused the largest private firm that conducts security-clearance background checks for the federal government of failing to … Continue reading

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Defence mandarins join Bechtel

[Translate] Defence mandarins join Bechtel Karl West Published: 6 October 2013 The exodus from the MoD has raised questions over conflicts of interest (Andrew Drysdale) THREE former Ministry of Defence civil servants and one of David Cameron’s close advisers recently joined … Continue reading

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Watchdog: $100B Investment in Afghanistan at Risk

[Translate] Watchdog: $100B Investment in Afghanistan at Risk Oct 31, 2013 Stars and Stripes| by Heath Druzin KABUL — Little more than a year before all international combat troops are set to leave Afghanistan, the nearly $100 billion U.S. investment … Continue reading

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News: USFOR-A implements measures to improve oversight of contracts

[Translate] News: USFOR-A implements measures to improve oversight of contracts KABUL, Afghanistan – USFOR-A announced it has recently implemented several measures to improve oversight of contracts and established processes to ensure stewardship of resources related to contracting.

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Infographic: Where In Afghanistan Billions Of Dollars Are Being Invisibly Spent

[Translate] Infographic: Where In Afghanistan Billions Of Dollars Are Being Invisibly Spent Officials’ ability to account for every dollar spent on reconstructing Afghanistan is at an all-time low, and getting worse, a new series of maps shows. John F. Sopko, … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Watchdog Hires Veteran DOJ Prosecutor

[Translate] Afghanistan Watchdog Hires Veteran DOJ Prosecutor By Dietrich Knauth Law360, New York (October 22, 2013, 6:39 PM ET) — The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said Monday that it had hired a veteran Department of Justice attorney to … Continue reading

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The Snowden Effect: Is Booz Allen feeling it?

[Translate] The Snowden Effect: Is Booz Allen feeling it?​ AFPTV/AFP/Getty Images Edward Snowden speaking during his dinner with a group of four retired US ex-intelligence workers and activists at a luxurious room in an unidentified location. Snowden warned of dangers … Continue reading

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