By Tom Austen

The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction will start his day with SU students and faculty Thursday.

The Tully Center for Free Speech and the Newhouse SPJ chapter are hosting the breakfast at 10:00 a.m. in N3 Room 432, where John F. Sopko is expected to discuss his work in Afghanistan and today’s investigative journalism.

Sopko leads The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which oversees ongoing Afghanistan reconstruction projects that are funded by the U.S.

SIGAR’s mission is to ensure efficient and effective reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, and to root out any abuse or fraud it finds along the way. The team engages in frequent audits and investigations to carry out that mission.

U.S.-led reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan include training and advising the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, providing Afghanis with better electricity and improving public health.

A lawyer by trade, Sopko started as a state and federal prosecutor. And before SIGAR, Sopko served a 20-year stint on Capitol Hill. Among other roles, he was on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Select Committee on Homeland Security.

For more on Sopko, check out his bio. And for more on SIGAR, visit its website.