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ISOA Members Offer Insights to DOD & DOS at Afghanistan Industry Day Forum

Thursday, April 19, 2018  
Posted by: Howie Lind
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WASHINGTON, DC (April 19, 2018) – More than 60 ISOA members and guests were among the industry reps who participated in the Afghan Industry Day Forum with representatives from the U.S. Departments of Defense and State.

 

Among those addressing the Forum was Brig. Gen. Patrick Burden, Deputy Commander for the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, a U.S.-backed coalition effort to increase stability and security across Afghanistan.

 

He was joined by Gary Motsek, Kevin Doxey, and Jill Stiglich from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and John Stevers from the U.S. State Department (DOS).

 

The USG representatives updated our group on the priorities for the upcoming year, and then opened the floor for questions/comments. ISOA members were not shy about offering opinions and asking for clarifications. We were also given an opportunity to network and speak more candidly one-on-one.

 

Kevin Doxey reached out to ISOA to thank our members for "contributing towards another productive industry day forum. This event is an important nexus between the Government, Military and Industry that enables our effective partnership supporting the warfighter."

 

 

The unfair Afghan Tax issue was among the topics discussed during the Forum. We were assured that DoD has "taken for action to look into the applicability of the new 1-page standard tax document to replace the previous complicated and bureaucratic cumbersome process for situations outside of the BSA umbrella. We will let you know what we find out once the team in Afghanistan has finalize the 1-page and have engaged the Afghans."

 

Gary Motsek stated that SIGAR had recently announced their new audit on the tax issue in Afghanistan. Howie Lind requested to the 60+ industry representatives at the meeting, whose companies work in Afghanistan for the USG, that they meet with SIGAR and tell their tax story – good, bad, or indifferent.

 

CLICK HERE to read ISOA's white paper on the unfair Afghan tax situation.

 

ISOA continues to work directly with DoD and DOS representatives to continually improve the working relationship between stability operations professionals and the DoD and DOS professionals that we support.

 

One of the benefits of ISOA membership is that our organization can present sensitive matters to our partners at Defense and State, giving our members anonymity. We encourage members to contact Howie Lind, ISOA President and Executive Director at howielind@stability-operations.org, to discuss any issues they would like the organization to address for you.

 

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