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Kyrgyzstan: Reporting Glitch Enabling Manas Transparency Woes

The US government’s Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) has trouble accurately tracking the Pentagon’s convoluted efforts to source fuel for the US-led war in Afghanistan.

The system – an online catalogue of all US federal contracts worth more $3,000 – can only record one country of origin for fuel, even though suppliers and officials at the Department of Defense freely admit that fuel covered under any one supply contract is often sourced from multiple countries, including Russia.

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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in central Asian affairs.

Kyrgyzstan: Reporting Glitch Enabling Manas Transparency Woes

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