IG: Problems in US Justice Program in Afghanistan

Posted at: 07/25/2013 10:51 AM | Updated at: 07/25/2013 10:52 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal inspectors say an award made to an organization to promote rule of law in Afghanistan does not appear to contain basic provisions that would allow the State Department to ensure proper oversight of a project expected to cost U.S. taxpayers $50 million.

The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says in a letter released Thursday that there are "serious deficiencies" in the government's award to the Rome-based International Development Law Organization to help carry out the Afghanistan Justice Training Transition Program.

The letter says the award doesn't contain enough oversight requirements - a possible indication that the government is scaling back oversight of a program central to U.S. efforts to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan.

There was no immediate comment from the State Department.

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