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US congressman demands sharing data on Afghanistan spending

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Kabul: Michael McCall, the representative of the Republican Party in the US Congress, accused the Joe Biden administration of creating obstacles to the process of monitoring the aid of the United States to Afghanistan since August 2021.

Michael McCall has strongly criticized the non-cooperation of these agencies with SIGAR in a letter to the US Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Treasury and the US International Development Agency.

“The State Department, Treasury, and USAID’s refusal to comply with SIGAR’s requests is unlawful and unacceptable,” McCaul wrote. “I urge you in the strongest terms to promptly ensure that the entities which you lead end this obstruction and return to full compliance with SIGAR’s oversight before congressional action becomes necessary.”

The ranking member cited a SIGAR report published in October that stated several U.S. government agencies had not cooperated with its efforts at oversight, and a letter from the SIGAR Inspector General to the committee in June that USAID and the Treasury Department “refused to cooperate with SIGAR in any capacity.”

McCaul’s letter, dated Dec. 1, was sent to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and USAID Administrator Samantha Power.

McCaul gave the top Biden officials a two-week deadline to provide all materials related to the agencies’ “refusal to comply with any SIGAR request since August 16, 2021,” citing the date the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan collapsed.

In its latest report SIGAR, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction accused some American institutions of not cooperating with them in sharing information.

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