The Department of State (Department) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has long been committed to overseeing Department and U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) programs and operations in Afghanistan. We established a permanent presence at Embassy Kabul beginning in 2008, and our personnel were there conducting oversight until the ordered departure of embassy personnel in April 2021. We carry on our commitment to this oversight as the Department continues to support Afghanistan-based programming and maintains related diplomatic operations in Doha, Qatar.
OIG has worked closely with our oversight partners to promote comprehensive Afghanistan oversight for many years. This coordination dates to 2007, when we participated in the Southwest Asia Joint Planning Group and contributed to coordinated Afghanistan oversight plans with other OIGs under the Comprehensive Audit Plan for Southwest Asia. Since the establishment of the Lead Inspector General framework for oversight of overseas contingency operations (OCO) and subsequent declaration of an OCO in Afghanistan, we have collaborated with the Department of Defense and U.S. Agency for International Development OIGs to coordinate oversight planning and execution. In addition, following the Embassy Kabul evacuation, we worked with the Department of Homeland Security OIG to establish the OIG Afghanistan Project Coordination Group to share information about and deconflict oversight work related to the relocation and resettlement of Afghans.
We remain focused on events in and related to Afghanistan and will continue to monitor the Department’s programs and operations to provide timely and useful information to the Department, Congress, and the American public. Below are links to OCO reports and our other Afghanistan-related oversight work.