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FILE - Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction Gen. Arnold Fields is responsible for overseeing how billions of American tax dollars are being spent to rebuild Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Lax oversight of the U.S. government’s workers’ compensation program for its contractors and subcontractors in Afghanistan has resulted in the loss of tens of millions of dollars and workers going without the required in often hazardous conditions, an audit released Thursday found.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found numerous problems after a contracting officer for the Montana National Guard raised the alarm last year about the DBA program, named after the Defense Base Act of 1941 that requires the insurance for overseas contractors.

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