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Report | Aug. 5, 2022

Special Report: Lessons Learned From the Audit of DoD Support for the Relocation of Afghan Nationals (DODIG-2022-114)


Publicly Released: August 9, 2022

The objective of this audit was to determine whether the DoD adequately provided support, such as housing, medical care, and security, during the relocation of Afghan evacuees. This report also includes results from a DoD OIG evaluation that determined the extent to which the DoD managed and tracked displaced persons from Afghanistan through the biometric enrollment, screening, and vetting processes.

Two operations supported the U.S. Government’s effort to evacuate and resettle Afghan evacuees within the United States. Operation Allies Refuge airlifted at‑risk Afghan evacuees who supported the U.S. and Coalition forces. Military installations in countries across Europe and the Middle East supported the relocation of Afghan evacuees under Operation Allies Refuge. Operation Allies Welcome was an effort across the U.S. Government to support Afghan evacuees as they resettled in the United States.

We determined that, despite having minimal time to prepare for the Afghan evacuees, the DoD successfully provided housing, sustainment, medical care, and security for more than 34,900 Afghans traveling through two installations in Germany and more than 73,500 Afghan evacuees temporarily staying at eight U.S. installations.

However, we also identified eight lessons learned within 11 management advisories in relation to Operation Allies Refuge and Operation Allies Welcome. For example, we determined that the DoD did not establish a comprehensive memorandum of agreement with the lead Federal agencies overseeing Operation Allies Refuge or Operation Allies Welcome, and none of the individual task forces established a memorandum of agreement with the Department of State or the Department of Homeland Security.