For a decade, the special inspector general for Afghanistan Reconstruction has been trying to keep tabs on expenditures totaling $122 billion. John Sopko has presided over production of dozens of reports and hundreds of lessons learned. From buildings that collapse at the first rain fall, to crooked contractors and Afghan security forces that seem impervious to learning, he has seen it all.
He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an extended interview about the outlook for SIGAR and for inspectors general in general. He also discussed the type of employee he is looking for, and whether he was what fellow IGs often say is sufficient access to the data they need to do their work.