Thrown away: $30 billion in spending for Iraq, Afghanistan wasted 

Billions of U.S. dollars have been wasted on projects in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Billions of U.S. dollars have been wasted on projects in Iraq and Afghanistan

WHAT: More than $30 billion in U.S. spending for contracts and grants in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade have been wasted. And that much more could go waste if the local governments do not continue operating U.S.-built projects.

WHY: The contractor waste is primarily caused by slipshod planning, vague requirements, lax accountability, weak oversight, subpar performance or outright misconduct, according to a new report from the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting.

HOW TO FIX IT: The commissioners unanimously recommended creating a "permanent inspector general team for contingency operations" and a White House Budget Office official to ensure that the many agencies issuing contracts are coordinating effectively.

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