Saturday, July 30, 2016

More mismanagement in Afghanistan

Five years ago we signed a contract with an organization entitled "Afghanistan Integrated Support Services JV" to maintain the vehicles of the Afghanistan army and police force. The contract was for five years and $182,000,000. Well, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) audited the results, such as they were, and concluded that we: (1) made inaccurate assumptions about the capacity of the Afghans to manage the supply chain and conduct maintenance, (2) underestimated the cost of spare parts, and (3) established performance metrics that did not accurately assess contractor performance or progress towards contract goals. These added more than $100,000,000 to the costs of the contract. Furthermore, the performance metrics established by DOD to track contractor performance were vague and unenforceable.

The contract is being renewed as DOD has promised to remedy the problems. The estimated cost over the next several years is estimated to be $1 Billion. 

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