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Project on Government Oversight
Neil Gordon, Investigator

Neil Gordon

Investigator

ngordon@pogo.org |

Areas of Expertise: Federal Contractor Misconduct, Contractor Accountability, Government Privatization

Neil Gordon joined POGO in 2007. His chief responsibility is managing POGO’s groundbreaking Federal Contractor Misconduct Database. He also works with the media, answers public queries, submits comments to the federal agencies on proposed regulations, and blogs on contracting issues and other public policy matters. Prior to joining POGO, Gordon was a researcher and writer at the Center for Public Integrity, working on the Center’s investigations of prosecutors, U.S. contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, state legislators and lobbyists, and international corruption. From 1995 to 2000, Gordon practiced law in Maryland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Delaware and a law degree from the University of Baltimore. He has written for Nieman Watchdog, Washington Business Journal, and IRE Journal and has been quoted in Bloomberg Government, Federal Times, and FoxNews.com.

POGO highlights:

POGO Supports Proposal To Enhance Oversight of Private Security Contractors

September 20, 2012

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) provides the following public comment to “Contractors Performing Private Security Functions Outside the United States,” (77 Fed. Reg. 43039, July 23, 2012). As an independent nonprofit organization committed to achieving a more accountable and transparent federal government, POGO has a longstanding interest in federal contracting issues.

POGO Suggests Way to Improve Federal Contractor Accountability Database

September 17, 2012

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) provides the following public comment to “Request for Comment on Contracting Officers’ Access to Relevant Integrity Information,” (77 Fed. Reg. 42339, July 18, 2012). As an independent nonprofit organization committed to achieving a more accountable and transparent federal government, POGO has a longstanding interest in federal contracting issues.

POGO Supports Proposed Defense Contractor Crime Reporting Rule

May 11, 2012

The Department of Defense (DoD) seeks input on a proposal to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to expand coverage on contractor requirements and responsibilities with regard to the reporting of crimes committed by or against contractor personnel.

Proposed Contractor Compensation Data Collection Tool Will Enhance Accountability and Transparency

October 11, 2011

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) provides the following public comment to RIN 1250-AA03, “Non-Discrimination in Compensation; Compensation Data Collection Tool,” (76 Fed. Reg. 49398, August 10, 2011). The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) seeks input on a proposal to develop and implement a tool to collect compensation data from federal supply and service contractors and subcontractors.

POGO Urges Public Disclosure of Contractor Past Performance Data

September 29, 2011

POGO provides the following public comments to FAR Case 2009-042, “Federal Acquisition Regulation; Documenting Contractor Performance,” (76 Fed. Reg. 37704, June 28, 2011). POGO supports the proposed amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) standardizing the collection and evaluation of past performance information. The amendments will further the goal of improved past performance assessments as most recently articulated in a January 2011 Office of Federal Procurement Policy memorandum, which is to ensure that contracting officials make “informed business decisions” when awarding contracts and that the government only works with “companies that deliver quality goods and services on time and within budget.”

POGO Argues Public Deserves to Know Whether Contractor Misconduct Reporting Rule Has Been Effective

August 25, 2011

POGO provides the following public comments to OMB Control No. 9000-0164, “Information Collection 9000-0164, Contractor Business Ethics Compliance Program and Disclosure Requirements,” (76 Fed. Reg. 37353, June 27, 2011).

POGO Urges Improved Public Access to Central Contractor Registration Database

June 27, 2011

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is an independent nonprofit organization committed to achieving a more accountable and transparent federal government. As an organization that heavily depends on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to perform its watchdog role, POGO provides the following public comment to VSI-Notice 2011-01, “Notice Pursuant to Executive Order 12600 of Receipt of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests for Access to the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) Data,” (76 Fed. Reg. 30717, May 26, 2011).

Commercial Item Exceptions Must be Eliminated From New Suspension and Debarment Rule

February 11, 2011

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) provides the following public comment to FAR Case 2009-036, “Federal Acquisition Regulation; Uniform Suspension and Debarment Requirement” (75 Fed. Reg. 77739, December 13, 2010). The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (the Councils) issued an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 815 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (P.L. 111-84), which extends the restriction on contracting to subcontractors at any tier that have been suspended or debarred, with certain exceptions for commercial item and commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) item acquisition contracts.

DoD Needs to Expand Proposed Award Fee Rule

January 11, 2011

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) provides the following public comment to DFARS Case 2009-D039, “Award-Fee Reductions for Health and Safety Issues” (75 Fed. Reg. 69360, November 12, 2010). The Department of Defense’s (DoD) interim rule amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) pursuant to section 823 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (P.L. 111-84), which requires contracting officers to consider reduction or denial of award fees if contractor or subcontractor actions jeopardize the health or safety of government personnel. POGO supports the interim rule as a step forward in contractor accountability. We are especially pleased that it applies to the actions of subcontractors. However, the rule falls short in several respects.

POGO Comments on DoD Prohibition of Contractor Interrogators

December 21, 2010

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) provides the following public comment to DFARS Case 2010-D027, “Prohibition on Interrogation of Detainees by Contractor Personnel” (75 Fed. Reg. 67632, November 3, 2010). POGO supports the intent of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) interim rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) as required by section 1038 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (P.L. 111-84), which forbids using contractor personnel in interrogating detainees under DoD’s control. However, we think the rule requires various modifications.

POGO raises concerns about new contractor database

November 5, 2009

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) provides the following public comment to FAR Case 2008-027—"Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System." (74 Fed. Reg. 45579 (September 3, 2009)), as amended on October 5, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 51112). POGO is an independent nonprofit organization that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in order to achieve a more accountable federal government.

SIGAR Seeks Debarment of Contractors Who Aid the Enemy

October 25, 2012

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is trying to stop the flow of U.S. taxpayer money to those who actively support insurgents or otherwise oppose U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

SIGAR Saves Money and Lives

October 15, 2012

SIGAR protects taxpayer money spent on Afghanistan reconstruction, but it recently issued an alert that could potentially save lives.

Senate Report Silent on Fusion Center Reliance on Contractors

October 4, 2012

A bipartisan Senate investigative report on joint federal-state-local anti-terrorism facilities, called Fusion Centers, uncovers many problems but fails to explore the risks of using contractors to perform intelligence services.

GAO Report Finds Federal Agencies Must Improve Service Contract Inventories

October 1, 2012

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has followed up its critical review of Department of Defense service contract inventories with an equally negative assessment of the civilian agencies' ability to track the service contractor workforce.

Report Shows Suspensions and Debarments On the Rise

September 21, 2012

POGO analyzes the findings in the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee's (ISDC) fiscal year 2011 report on the federal suspension and debarment system.