CSTC-A responds to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s Audit “Afghan Police Vehicle Maintenance Contract: Actions Needed to Prevent Millions of Dollars from Being Wasted”

KABUL, Afghanistan/Jan. 17, 2013 – Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) concurs with and has made significant progress implementing all seven recommendations pertaining to the actions that should be taken to improve the way money is spent maintaining vehicles provided to the Afghan National Police. CSTC-A and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan continue our close cooperation with SIGAR to improve effective advice and assistance to the developing Afghan National Security Forces.

We have established formal criteria for when vehicles are added and removed from the density list. This new criteria has been incorporated in option year two of the contract which began on December 30, 2012. The removal of vehicles from the density report as a result of these new criteria is being used to adjust the base rate of the contract for future years. As an example, CSTC-A has already removed 7,324 vehicles from the contract saving the government approximately $5.5 million per year.

Additionally, CSTC-A has implemented several actions to improve inventory management. First, CSTC-A is in the process of conducting a 100-percent inventory of spare parts at each of its service centers. Secondly, we have established a requirement that monthly audits incorporate a 10-percent inventory list of all warehouse items, verifying these items and their quantities, and conducting associated maintenance checks. Third, we have established internal control measures for the accountability and disposition of damaged spare parts. Finally, following the 100-percent AMS inventory, CSTC-A and Defense Contract Management Agency plans to work with the U.S. Army Contracting Command to request monetary consideration for broken spare parts.

To improve oversight of the contract’s execution DCMA has assigned two Government Technical Product Representatives to work alongside CSTC-A and the Provincial Contracting Officer’s Representatives to track all audits. When these audits are not possible, the COR has been directed to inform DCMA. This notification will include justification as to why the audit was not conducted. In addition, the Government Technical Product Representatives will train and direct all CORs.

By Voice of After The War