SIGAR Investigating U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Settlement

Construction project in Afghanistan / AP


The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has opened an investigation into a settlement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and DynCorp International LLC.

The settlement involves a $73 million construction project which failed to produce acceptable results and follows an Oct. 25 inspection report, according to a letter from special inspector general John Sopko.

We found that USACE had failed to mitigate collapsible soil conditions at Camp Pamir. We also found major structural failures, improper grading, and sink holes at the site. Most alarming was our discover that despite the unsatisfactory performance by DynCorp—USACE’s prime contractor at the site—USACE had released DynCorp from all contractual liabilities and warranty obligations and paid the company nearly $73 million for its work at Camp Pamir.

Sopko questions the USACE contracting officer deeming the DynCorp settlement "fair, reasonable, and equitable adjustment to the contract."

Additionally, SIGAR found "questionable actions on the part of personnel involved in the DynCorp settlement negotiations, which have prompted us to open an investigation."