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USAID IG Report on Stabilization Initiative Southern Afghanistan

USAID IG Report on Stabilization Initiative Southern Afghanistan

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OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
 
AUDIT OF USAID/AFGHANISTAN’S
AFGHANISTAN STABILIZATIONINITIATIVE FOR THE SOUTHERNREGION
 
AUDIT REPORT NO. F-306-12-001-PNOVEMBER 13, 2011 KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
 /s/ 
Office
of
Inspector General
November
13,
2011
MEMORANDUM
TO: USAID/Afghanislan Mission Director,
S.
Ken
YamashitaUSAID/DCHAlOTI Director, Robert JenkinsFROM: OIG/Afghanistan Director, Nathan
S.
LokosSUBJECT: Audit of USAID/Afghanistan's Afghanistan StabilizationInitiativefor the SouthernRegion (Report Number F-306-12-001-P)This memorandum transmits our final report
on
the subject audit.
In
finalizingthereport,
we
carefully considered your comments
on
the draftreportand have included the comments(without attachments)
in
Appendix
II.
This report contains18recommendations to assistUSAID/Afghanistanand USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives(OTI)
in
improvingimplementation of the Afghanistan Stabilization Initiativefor the Southern Region program. Based
on
the mission and USAID/OTl's joint comments
and
supporting documents, final actionhasbeen reached
on
Recommendations
3, 8,
and
16.
Managementdecisionshavebeen reached
on
Recommendations
1,
2, 4, 5, 6,
7,
10, 11, 12, 15,
17,
and
18,
while management decisions are pending
on
for Recommendations
9,
13,
and
14.
Please advise our office within
30
days of actions planned or taken to implementRecommendations
9,
13,
and
14.
A determination of final actionforRecommendations
1,
2, 4,
5,
6,
7,10,11,12,15,17,
and
18will
be
made
by
the Audit Performance
and
Compliance Division on completion oftheproposedcorrective actions.Thank
you
and your staffforthe cooperation and courtesy extended to
us
during the audit.
U.s.
Agency for
International
De>elopl1le.
~
Office
of
Inspector
Gene<aJ
Country
Office Afghanistan
U.S.
Embassy
Kabul
,
Afghanistan
www
.
usaid
.
gov/oig
 
 
CONTENTS
Summary of Results
................................................................................................................. 1
Audit Findings
........................................................................................................................... 4Program Implementation Was Delayed ................................................................................. 4Program Budget Was Not Properly Managed ........................................................................ 7Projects Were Not Perceived as Afghan Government Efforts ................................................ 9Mission Lacked a Transition Plan ........................................................................................ 10Security Costs Were Unreasonable ..................................................................................... 10Chemonics
Cash Controls Required Improvement ............................................................. 12Reported Results Were Inaccurate ...................................................................................... 12USAID/OTI Did Not Complete Contractor Performance Review .......................................... 13
Evaluation of Management Comments
.................................................................................. 15
Appendix I
 
 –
 
Scope and Methodology
................................................................................... 18
Appendix II
 –
Management Comments
.................................................................................. 20
Abbreviations
The following abbreviations appear in this report:ASI-SR Afghanistan Stabilization Initiative for the Southern RegionCOTR contracting o
fficer’s
technical representativeFAR Federal Acquisition RegulationFPM field program managers (OTI)FY fiscal yearOIG Office of Inspector GeneralPRT provincial reconstruction teamUSAID/OTI USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives

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