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The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction reports, in a just-released audit, that many State Department grants to help rebuild Afghanistan have gone unaudited:

According to State Department records, between fiscal year 2002 and fiscal year 2011, the department made 140 awards over $1 million for reconstruction activities in Afghanistan with a total estimated value of $315.3 million. Financial audits were not conducted for 99 of those 140 assistance awards. The 99 unaudited awards had disbursed a combined total of $191.6 million. Although financial audits were not necessarily required for many of these 99 awards, the use of financial auditing could have better ensured State’s proper stewardship of the $191 million disbursed through these awards.