The most recent is a report alleging that the Army Corps of Engineers paid contractors for building a teaching facility in Sheberghan, even though it was never completed and poses "serious health and safety hazards."
The Iraq-based contractors were paid nearly $3 million to build three teaching facilities, but workers "abandoned" the Sheberghan project two years ago. They left a building deemed unsafe, with an electrical system that "exposes occupants to potential electrocution and fire hazards."
What's more, SIGAR alleges the contractors used U.S. money to buy unauthorized window glass from Iran. Even though U.S. officials have said no one should use the facility, "Afghans are using it," SIGAR said. Those same Afghans want the U.S. to keep paying $50,000 a month to fuel an electric generator.
Then there's the report two weeks ago announcing that a $34 million command headquarters built for the U.S. military in Helmand Province "will not be occupied." Military commanders decided three years ago that the 64,000-square-foot building wasn't needed, SIGAR says, "yet the military still moved ahead with the construction project and continued to purchase equipment and make various improvements to the building in early 2013."
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John Sopko, the Special Inspector General, toured the building and said, "It appears to be the best-constructed building I have seen in my travels to Afghanistan." However, he says, it now faces two choices: demolition or being turned over to Afghan forces, an option Sopko estimates would cost an additional $1 million to $2 million in installation of communication equipment the Afghans would need.