ABC News’ Kristina Wong reports: The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a report Friday saying that despite millions of dollars in funding from Western donors over the past six years, the Afghan government's key-anti government corruption body remains weak.
The report finds that the Afghan government’s Control and Audit Office (CAO) – equivalent to U.S.’s Government Accountability Office – is "hampered by a lack of independence from the Afghan Government's executive branch."
"The Auditor General, the head official of the CAO, is appointed by and reports directly to the President of Afghanistan, rather than the legislature. This lack of independence interferes with the CAO’s planning, reviewing, and reporting processes," a SIGAR press release states.
“As the international community prepares to ramp up the amount of assistance money to be funneled through the Afghan Government, the ability of the CAO to provide proper oversight and accountability of those foreign assistance funds is paramount,” Inspector General Arnold Fields said in the press release.
The report, “Afghanistan’s Control and Audit Office Requires Operational and Budgetary Independence, Enhanced Authority, and Focused International Assistance to Effectively Prevent and Detect Corruption”, can be found HERE.