On January 15, 2015, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (“SIGAR”) released a new report, Department of Defense: More Than 75 Percent of All SIGAR Audit and Inspection Report Recommendations Have Been Implemented (“SIGAR Report”).  At 86 pages, the SIGAR Report might be expected to robustly catalogue and analyze how the Department of Defense (“DOD”) implemented the 209 recommendations made by SIGAR from January 2008 through June 2014.  Upon closer examination, however, that does not appear to be the case.  The SIGAR Report provides no definition or explanation of the criteria SIGAR uses to conclude that a recommendation was “implemented,” and it provides scant specifics about whether the outcome of any “implementation” can be seen as a success.
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Yesterday the White House announced the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement (“BSA”) between the United States and the Afghan Government of National Unity, as well as a Status of Forces Agreement between the Afghan Government and NATO.  Together these agreements allow approximately 12,000 U.S. and NATO troops to remain in Afghanistan after December 31, 2014, and they maintain the flow of billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan.  In addition, the BSA will address significant open questions about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. Government contractors in Afghanistan, to include:  How will they be taxed by the Afghan Government?
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