25 January 2014

Report: State Dept's Poor Oversight of Afghan Justice Program Has Left It Floundering | RallyPoint.com

By Chris Carroll
Copyright 2014 Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The United States has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to shore up the Afghan justice sector, but it’s hard to say how much good it’s done because of insufficient program management and oversight, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

The report looked at the State Department’s Justice Sector Support Program, which aims to train justice officials around the country and develop a case management system. The department has spent at least $223 million on such projects since 2005, the report said.

Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction John Sopko found that the State Department had limited ability to assess the performance of the contractor in charge of the program, PAE Incorporated.

Among other issues, he also reported that the department did not define what it meant by a “robust” and “sustainable” case management system for the country.

According to Sopko’s report, the contractor was originally required to established a judicial case management system for the entire country by May 2012. When the system was set up in only 7 of 34 provinces, the contract was modified to require the roll-out in only 7 provinces.

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