The Civilian Solution for Afghanistan Act


H.R.  [number to be assigned by Clerk]

One Hundred Eleventh Congress  of the  United States of America

AT THE SECOND SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on [DATE]

An Act

Making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending
September 30, 2011, and for other purposes.

     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following
sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise
appropriated, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for
other purposes, namely:

Title: The Civilian Solution for Afghanistan Act of 2011

I.  For an additional amount for `Afghanistan Stability Fund'
$3,700,000,000 to remain available until September 30, 2011, for:

a) Contributions to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund of the
World Bank for public works projects qualified by the Afghan Ministry
of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, in conjunction with the
Community Development Councils, which can be defined as "cash for
work."  Cash-for-work projects shall be defined as those which hire
exclusively Afghan labor, with small exceptions for consultative
overhead, which utilize labor-intensive methods for an overall rate of
70% of total project funding allocated to wages for line workers.

b)  Funding to be administered through USAID for cash-for-work
projects shall be given priority in zones deemed by ISAF to be secure, to obviate
the need for high security overheads for project managers and
inspectors.  Priority shall be given to projects involving roads,
canalization water, irrigation, sanitation, and trash collection and
disposal.

c)   Cash-for-work projects shall have in place, at a minimum, a basic
audit trail for cash payments consisting of worker punch cards, which
include photos of workers, and field master lists of workers, signed
as a guarantee of receipt.

III. Projects funded by block grants authorized under the proposed
legislation shall participate in the new ARTF Incentive  program,
(established SY1387 (March 2009)), which will reward Afghan government
through additional financing for progress against annual benchmarks.
The benchmark in this case should be percentage of hiring goals
accomplished relative to targets.

IV.  No project funded by the Afghanistan Stability Act shall include
as a condition for participation that contractors be required to
participate in “post-battlefield clean-up.”