DoD IG Report on Screening of Afghan Evacuees

DoD IG Report on Screening of Afghan Evacuees. Feb 2022

The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense has issued a report that details the biometric enrollment, screening, and vetting of the 80,000 or so Afghans who were evacuated from Afghanistan during the Kabul non-combatant evacuation operation in August 2021. The report, Evaluation of the Screening of Displaced Persons from Afghanistan, was published on February 15, 2022.

The report found that the DoD had a supporting role during the biometric enrollment of Afghan evacuees in staging areas outside the continental United States. However, it did not have a role in enrolling or screening of Afghan parolees at temporary housing facilities within the continental United States.

There were some concerns on which biometric data bases were being used among the different agencies of the United States government. Agencies that used biometric databases included the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense. Not all agencies or organizations had access to all of the biometric databases. In addition, the sharing of derogatory information on some Afghans was not necessarily conducted thoroughly.


Reference: Evaluation of the Screening of Displaced Persons from Afghanistan (DODIG-2022-065), Department of Defense Inspector General, February 15, 2022, PDF, 34 pages.