In summation, the SIGAR study concludes, "it is not clear why TFBSO
believed the CNG filling station project should be undertaken....
"I intend to continue our inquiry into TFBSO
activities to shed additional light on how this program operated, what it achieved, how this enormous amount of money was spent, and whether any conduct by TFBSO
staff or contractors was criminal in
The CPA's economic edicts frame the work and frustrations of the TFBSO
for much of the book.
The catalyst for the audit, which I called for in 2016 with former Senator Kelly Ayotte, was an alarming report that TFBSO spent nearly $43 million to build a gas station in Afghanistan as part of rebuilding operations.
Congress appropriated $823 million for TFBSO projects.
Further, out of 124 contracts awarded by TFBSO, only 89 had complete files.
The DoD shut the TFBSO in March and said the departure of its workers has yielded in the Pentagon "no longer possessing the personnel expertise" .
Sopko said, "It is both surprising and troubling that only a few months following the closure of TFBSO, DOD has not been able to find anyone who knows anything about TFBSO activities, despite the fact that TFBSO reported directly to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, operated in Afghanistan for over five years, and was only shut down in March 2015."
works with private-sector firms to encourage them to invest in Afghanistan s mineral and hydrocarbon sectors, Catalino said.
The report released at a press conference in Kabul said the Task Force for Business Stability Operation (TFBSO
), a wing of the US Department of Defence, had provided to the commander in the mineral-rich area a chromite-ore crusher to process the stone.
"The mineral resources in Afghanistan have the potential to completely transform the nation's economy," said Regina Dubey, acting director of the Department of Defense' Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO).
He was referring to findings from a study on nonfuel minerals in Afghanistan, conducted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), TFBSO, Afghanistan's Ministry of Mines and Afghanistan's Geological Survey.