Daily Outrage: Afghanistan Office of Special Inspector General investigating 38 cases 

WHAT: The year-old Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction is investigating 38 criminal cases ranging from contract fraud to bribery or theft — most involving non-Afghans. Just 10 of the suspected scams involve Afghans only, while the rest include Americans and other foreigners.

WHY: The international community has invested more than $60 billion since 2002 in reconstruction efforts, including $40 billion from the U.S. alone. Concerns are rising that the waste and fraud undermining the U.S. reconstruction effort in Iraq is being repeated in Afghanistan, particularly as the number of contractors rises.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: The Office of the Special Inspector General is increasing staff from 90 to 132. More than 60 percent of the investigators have experience in Iraq and are transferring over as the U.S. winds down its involvement there.

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