In one instance, SIGAR found that IOM [International Organization for Migration] paid the contractor $300,000 for 600 gallons of diesel fuel—a cost of $500 per gallon. According to IOM officials, the market price in Afghanistan for diesel fuel should not exceed $5.00 per gallon. As a result, with a proper invoice, the fuel charge should not have exceeded $3,000. In another instance, IOM paid $220,000 for an automatic temperature control device that should have cost between $2,000 and$10,000. IOM could not provide us with a vendor invoice for either of these payments. USAID did not discover the overpayments and reimbursed IOM for these unwarranted costs.In response to the SIGAR report, USAid stated its intention to conduct a financial audit and recover these and any other overpayments.
Note: A version of this article first appeared at The Weekly Standard.