Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s 2019 High-Risk List

Date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 2:00pm
Location: 
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s 2019 High-Risk List

PURPOSE

The hearing will discuss SIGAR’s “2019 High-Risk List” and the eight high-risk issue areas identified in the report. The hearing will also examine previous audit and inspections work conducted by SIGAR, including oversight of U.S. efforts to build, equip, train, and sustain the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. 

BACKGROUND

  • On March 28, 2019, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued SIGAR’s “2019 High-Risk List.”
  • The report identifies eight high-risk program areas in the more than $132 billion U.S. effort to rebuild Afghanistan that are particularly vulnerable to waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and mission-failure. 
  • The areas include widening insecurity in the country, the critical capability gaps in the Afghan security forces, threats to women’s rights, the potential reintegration of ex-Taliban combatants, and restrictions on independent oversight.
  • SIGAR reports that risks to these areas could persist or be exacerbated following a peace deal in Afghanistan.  
  • Beginning in 2017, the Department of Defense implemented a policy to classify Afghanistan data, including Afghan security forces casualty figures, that SIGAR has included in its public reports for years. 
  • In 2017, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, then-Ranking Member of the Committee, and Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, the then-Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, requested an immediate reversal of the policy to classify previously-public information, and documents pertaining to the policy. 

CHAIRMAN LYNCH'S OPENING STATEMENT

WITNESS

The Honorable John F. Sopko
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

116th Congress