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Watchdog points finger at USAID over Afghanistan

Updated Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | 9:02 a.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. federal inspectors say that money is still flowing to Afghan ministries from the U.S. Agency for International Development despite assessments that they can't manage or account for the funding.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan, which oversees Afghan reconstruction, says the U.S. government has committed more than $1 billion to the Afghan government through direct assistance.

SIGAR said in a report published Tuesday that external auditing in recent years showed the ministries were unable to account for or manage the funding.

But, it said, USAID signed off on direct assistance anyways — waiving its own requirements.

SIGAR added that USAID had not made full disclosures to Congress about the ministries' risks. It said USAID requested that it not publish its findings, but that it refused the request.