September 10th, 2012
11:56 PM ET

U.S. records of Afghan fuel purchases shredded

By Dan Merica

A U.S. watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction has made it clear to the Pentagon – it is concerned about the accountability and accuracy of a program that transfers money to the Afghan government for fuel purchases.

Concerns over the $1.1 billion program stem from unaccounted funds as well as reports about the discovery that key financial recovers covering a period of nearly four years were shredded.

In reports to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other top Pentagon officials, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said a scheduled budget increase and plans to transfer the program to the Afghan army - both set for next year - should be reconsidered unless major changes are made to improve accountability for fuel purchases, deliveries and consumption.

"We believe these issues warrant immediate attention," John Sopko, the special inspector general for the multi-billion-dollar Afghan reconstruction effort, said.

A major red flag cited by the oversight agency was a discovery that financial records from 2007 to 2011 totaling nearly $475 million had been shredded in violation of military policy.

The inspector general "would like to reiterate the importance of retaining all financial records given the importance of accountability, transparency, and oversight," Sopko said.

He also asked the top military officials to look into why the documents were destroyed and take action.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Mobile Patrols Gosport

    It's good to read a different perspective on the subject. A well writen and informative article, that has given me food for thought.

    December 12, 2012 at 7:57 am | Reply
  2. Mobile Patrols Porchester

    Very good read its very intresting thank you 🙂

    December 12, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply
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  4. David Knowles

    um you mean the Pentagon does not run a computerise accounts systems an it is still running paper base system, an the Us spends how much a year on it military. I bet this money is either going to a off the book black programme that they do not want congress to know about or it be syphon off by corrupt official somewhere along the supply chain.

    September 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  5. George Patton

    I smell another U.S. government cover up here. They don't call the C.I.A. the Masters of Deceit for nothing since they do that quite well.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  6. calfmeat

    Obviously it went straight to the Taliban.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:17 am | Reply
  7. Steve

    Are you kidding me?!

    September 11, 2012 at 3:47 am | Reply

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