Increasing Reliance On Contractors As US Leaves Afghanistan07:59
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Afghan construction workers install steel reinforcement bars on a building to be used by the Afghan National Army in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (Rahmat Gul/AP)
Afghan construction workers install steel reinforcement bars on a building to be used by the Afghan National Army in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (Rahmat Gul/AP)

Lawmakers and government inspectors are worried because the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will mean that billions of dollars in reconstruction work will be out of reach for American military officials in the future.

But the U.S. government is not pulling back on the projects. It will instead rely on private contractors to monitor them.

That lack of government oversight could mean that millions of dollars will be squandered in the costliest reconstruction of another country in U.S. history.

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks to Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

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This segment aired on October 29, 2013.

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