The special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction found that the United States military used more than 140 times the expected cost to build a compressed natural gas station.
The Department of Defense wasted $43 million of U.S. taxpayer money on building a gas station in Afghanistan – 140 times more than the $500,000 it should have cost, according to a government watchdog report.
One of the most “troubling” issues, according to the report from the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), is that the Department of Defense has been unable or unwilling to even explain why the “ill-conceived” project cost so much money.
“Even considering security costs associated with construction and operation in Afghanistan, this level of expenditure appears gratuitous and extreme,” SIGAR report, issued Monday, said.
“It’s an outrageous waste of money that raises suspicions that there is something more there than just stupidity,” John Sopko, the special inspector general, told NBC News. “There may be fraud. There may be corruption. But I cannot currently find out more about this because of the lack of cooperation.”
One thing Sopko knows without a doubt is that the spending is “outrageous to the taxpayer,” he told Fox News.
“I have never in my lifetime seen the Department of Defense or any government agency clam up and claim they don’t know anything about a program,” Sopko said. “Who’s in charge? Why won’t they talk? We have received more allegations about this program than we have received about any other program in Afghanistan.”
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