Storage of irrigation pumps, December 2011. A SIGAR alert from June 2013 noted that USAID approved the contractor, IRD (International Relief and Development), to spend more than $23 million to obtain 16,000 irrigation pumps, but that “neither USAID nor IRD officials were able to explain" how they determined that Helmand province needed them all.
Shoddy construction at Bathkhak School, January 2013. A July 2013 SIGAR report noted that the contractor on this $262,000 project “freely substituted building materials without U.S. government approval. For example, brick instead of cinder block was used for the walls and a concrete slab ceiling was installed instead of a wood-trussed roofing system,” raising serious safety issues, as the “school is located in an area of high seismic activity.”