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WHAT SIGAR REVIEWED
In February 2011, the North AtlanticTreaty Organization Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A) developed the
Infrastructure Training Advisory Group (ITAG) Campaign Plan
, whichcalls for the transition of operationand maintenance (O&M) of AfghanNational Security Forces (ANSF)facilities to the Afghan governmentand full Afghan-led sustainment by2014. Because the Afghangovernment currently lacks thecapacity to provide O&M, NTM-Aobligated $800 million to fund theseservices for ANSF facilities acrossAfghanistan until the Afghangovernment is able to handle O&M.In July 2010, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded twocontracts covering the northern andsouthern parts of the country to ITTExelis Systems Corporation (Exelis) toprovide O&M for ANSF facilities andto train ANSF workers on the requiredtrade skills. As of early June 2012,the contracts covered 480 facilities—about 45 percent army and 55percent police—ranging from largeCorps headquarters to smaller policedistrict headquarters. This reportassesses the extent to which (1)NTM-A and USACE are developing thecapacity of the ANSF to sustain itsfacilities after full transition in 2014,(2) Exelis has implemented the O&Mcontracts within the contracts’ terms,and (3) USACE and Exelis haveprovided oversight of the contracts.SIGAR conducted this work in sevenprovinces in Afghanistan from July2011 to October 2012 in accordancewith generally accepted governmentauditing standards.
WHAT SIGAR FOUND
The Afghan government will likely be incapable of fully sustaining ANSFfacilities after the transition in 2014 and the expected decrease in U.S.and coalition support. The Afghan government’s challenges in assuming O&M responsibilities include a lack of sufficient numbers and quality of personnel, as well as undeveloped budgeting, procurement, and logisticssystems. We found:
As of June 1, 2012, the Afghan government had filled less than40 percent of authorized O&M positions. U.S. officials citedsalary discrepancies between these ANSF positions and privatesector jobs, such as contract positions, as a prime factor in thelagging recruitment efforts.
The ANSF lacks personnel with the technical skills required tooperate and maintain critical facilities, such as water supply,waste water treatment, and power generation.
The Ministry of Defense’s procurement process is unable toprovide the Afghan army with O&M supplies in a timely manner.The Ministry of Interior did not make its first budget allocation forO&M at police sites until March 2012.
As of August 1, 2012, 25 sites had started the transition process.However, USACE had not yet developed a plan and procedures
O&M trainees repairing heating and air conditioning units of barracks at the KabulMilitary Training Center, SIGAR site inspection, October 2011.
Special Inspector General
Afghan National Security Forces Facilities: Concerns with Funding,Oversight, and Sustainability for Operation and Maintenance
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