About POGO

Neil Gordon


ngordon@pogo.org |

Year Started At POGO: 2007

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 Interim Rule Amending Process By Which IRS Determines If Contractors Have Tax Debts

January 16, 2018

POGO issued a public comment supporting a Treasury Department interim rule that improves the way IRS contracting officers determine whether prospective contractors owe federal taxes and thus may be ineligible to receive federal funds.

Public Comment: Transparency Needed for Federal Contract Pricing

November 13, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) submits this comment on the extension of the information collection requirements in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) concerning certified cost or pricing data and data other than certified cost or pricing data.

POGO Supports Federal Rule Denying Funds to Companies That Restrict Employees' Whistleblower Rights Through Confidentiality Agreements

March 18, 2016

In honor of Sunshine Week, POGO issued a public comment supporting the White House's effort to safeguard federal funds from companies that make employees sign away their right to report misconduct.

POGO Supports Federal Rule Requiring Suspension/Debarment Review Before Awarding Contracts to Companies With Unpaid Taxes or a Felony Conviction

February 1, 2016

POGO issued a public comment supporting the White House's effort to safeguard federal funds from companies that committed a felony or owe taxes.

POGO Supports Government Access to Contractor Labor Violations to Improve Compliance, Avoid Bad Actors, and Level the Playing Field

August 26, 2015

The Project On Government Oversight submitted a public comment supporting the proposed implementation of President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, which imposes new disclosure requirements on contractors and seeks to improve their labor practices.

POGO Supports Proposed Rule to Extend Conflict of Interest Requirements for Contractors

June 2, 2014

POGO has a longstanding interest in the intersection of federal contracting and ethics—namely, ensuring that the same conflict of interest rules that apply to federal employees apply to contractor employees.

Environmental and Workplace Safety are Crucial Elements of Contractor Responsibility

January 17, 2013

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has presented its findings on the April 2011 explosion and fire at the Waikele storage bunker in Hawaii that killed five people handling illegal fireworks seized by federal authorities. The five men were performing this work for a Treasury Department subcontractor, Donaldson Enterprises, Inc.

POGO makes comment on Contractor Compliance Program and Integrity Reporting

January 14, 2008

POGO supports contractor compliance program and integrity reporting, but the proposed rule’s mandatory reporting requirement must be clarified and expanded to require contractors to disclose a broader array of unethical conduct.

Bad Contracting Decision Comes Back to Haunt Pentagon

August 3, 2018

The Pentagon is still suffering the consequences of hiring Efraim Diveroli, the Miami Beach military supplier whose exploits landed him in prison and inspired the film War Dogs. He recently won a long-running dispute with the government over canceled contracts to supply weapons to Iraqi security forces.

27 and Counting: Another Background-Check “Dumper” Pleads Guilty

July 24, 2018

Last week, a former contractor pleaded guilty to falsifying federal security clearance investigations—the twenty-seventh such conviction in 10 years.

Chamber Music: Corporations Attain Harmony with Federal Corruption Laws

July 11, 2018

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce lately seems to have softened its longstanding opposition to the False Claims Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the federal government’s most powerful tools for deterring corporate corruption and protecting taxpayer money.

About Those Excessive Federal Contractor Salaries…

June 12, 2018

While it can be helpful to call attention to the exorbitant compensation federal contractors pay their executives, there are other problems in the contracting system that must be addressed.

Tech Giants Play the DC Influence Game to Win Pentagon Cloud Deal

June 5, 2018

The companies vying for the Defense Department’s massive, winner-take-all JEDI cloud contract are sparing no expense when it comes to spreading influence around Washington.

Public Interest Group Wins Legal Fees in Transparency Lawsuit

April 18, 2018

A California court recently ordered a contractor that tried to block the release of public records to pay the legal expenses of an organization that requested the records.

Government Security Clearances Continue to Drop, Backlogs Remain

April 4, 2018

A new intelligence agency report found fewer government employees and contractors holding security clearances and a worsening backlog of pending security reviews. But the report omits key data, preventing a deeper dive into the findings.

Unworthy Tribute: FEMA Contract Raises Disaster Preparedness Concerns

February 23, 2018

The failure of a small, inexperienced company to deliver meals to Puerto Rico disaster survivors highlights the need for improved federal contracting.

Homeland Security Falling Short in Managing Risky Contractors

February 8, 2018

A new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog found shortcomings in the agency’s suspension and debarment program, undermining safeguards that protect taxpayers from poorly performing or lawbreaking contractors and other federal fund recipients.

Justice Department Plan to Weed Out “Frivolous” Whistleblower Cases May Do More Harm than Good

January 31, 2018

This month, the Department of Justice formally issued its new policy of more aggressively seeking to throw out False Claims Act lawsuits it deems “frivolous” or “meritless.” POGO explains why this is a bad idea.

The Dark Side of the “World’s Most Admired” Companies

January 26, 2018

Don’t let Fortune magazine’s ranking of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” fool you—most of those companies have long rap sheets and paid millions of dollars in fines, penalties, and out-of-court settlements for an assortment of misconduct.

Privatized Tax Collection Loses Money

January 12, 2018

For the third time the IRS hired contractors to collect unpaid federal taxes, and for the third time the effort is falling short: contractors are costing more than they are collecting while making a bad situation even worse for low-income taxpayers.

Audit Finds Pentagon Task Force Squandered Millions, Had Few Successes

January 10, 2018

A Pentagon office that spent $675 million on economic development projects in Afghanistan was rife with waste and achieved “mixed results,” according to an audit report released this week by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria Contract Spending Revisited

January 8, 2018

Much has changed since POGO last crunched the numbers on the federal government’s outlays on contracts responding to last year’s hurricanes. For one thing, Pentagon spending data is starting to trickle in.

Federal Fraud Recoveries Decline in Fiscal Year 2017

January 2, 2018

The Justice Department announced it recovered $3.7 billion in civil fraud and false claims cases in fiscal year 2017—nearly one-quarter less than the previous year.

GAO Says Transportation Dept. Twitter Love Broke the Law

December 19, 2017

The Government Accountability Office found the Transportation Department violated executive branch lobbying restrictions last summer when it liked and retweeted a tweet urging the public to support a bill overhauling the nation’s air traffic control system.

White House Considering Privatized Spy Networks

December 4, 2017

The Trump administration is reportedly mulling plans to put a private company in charge of conducting a variety of covert intelligence and counterterrorism activities. We explain why this is a bad idea.

Pentagon Nixes Release of Afghan Reconstruction Data—Again

November 6, 2017

For the second time in two years, the Pentagon has classified information on the capabilities of the Afghan security forces that was previously reported to the public. Will the Pentagon stand by its shaky justification, or will it have a change of heart like the last time it tried to do this?

Army Prepares to Deploy Next Worldwide Warfighter Support Contract

October 31, 2017

Next month, the U.S. Army will open bidding on the ten-year, $82 billion LOGCAP V contract. We hope the fraud, waste, and poor performance that plagued past LOGCAP contracts will not be repeated.

California Court Brings Sunshine to Government Contracting

October 24, 2017

Transparency prevailed in California recently when a Los Angeles County judge slapped down a bus manufacturing company’s attempt to halt the release of information about its $500 million government contract.

Harvey, Irma, and Maria: Hurricane Recovery Contract Spending by the Numbers

October 20, 2017

Regularly updated spreadsheets posted on the Federal Procurement Data System, an online repository of federal contract spending data, reveal fascinating details about the billions spent to aid and rebuild the areas affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Contractors and the True Size of Government

October 5, 2017

Political scientist Paul Light issued an updated headcount of the federal workforce. Of Uncle Sam’s 9.1 million employees, Light estimates more than 40 percent are contract workers.

Celebrate Labor Day by Diving into Contractor Misconduct Data

September 1, 2017

The federal government’s largest contractors have paid a collective total of $2.7 billion in penalties since the 1990s for a wide variety of labor violations, which you can read about in POGO’s Federal Contractor Misconduct Database.

Defense Supplier Accused of Price Gouging is Hit with Shareholder Lawsuit

August 17, 2017

TransDigm Group, a leading aircraft parts supplier suspected of overcharging the Pentagon, was sued by stockholders upset about the effect the company’s recent notoriety is having on their portfolios.

Prison Time for GSA Official Caught in Nepotism Scheme

August 8, 2017

Helen Rene’e Ballard, a former GSA contracting official who played a key role in a POGO investigation more than a decade ago, was recently sentenced to prison for a nepotism scheme.

Will Trump Privatize the Afghanistan War?

July 21, 2017

Last week brought disturbing news that two prominent voices from the private security industry— Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg—are trying to convince the Pentagon to let private security firms replace American troops in Afghanistan. We explain why this is a bad idea.

Lawmakers Suspect Illegality in Privatized Tax Collection Program

June 27, 2017

An IRS program employing private companies to recover overdue taxes is just a few weeks old, but it already has a group of Senators worried the collection companies may be abusing debtors and breaking the law.

Trump Will Not Delay Launch of Retirement-Adviser Fiduciary Rule

May 30, 2017

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced the Trump administration will not postpone the June implementation of a rule imposing a higher ethical standard on financial advisers. “Respect for the rule of law” compelled Secretary Acosta to allow the rule to start taking effect next week.

Watchdog Finds DoD Must Improve Contractor Performance Monitoring

May 17, 2017

According to the Department of Defense Inspector General, Department agencies are not consistently tracking the performance of contractors, putting billions of taxpayer dollars at increased risk of fraud, waste, and other misconduct.

Pay Gap Report Misses Big Picture, Fails to Resolve Whether Outsourcing Saves Money

May 2, 2017

The latest comparison of federal government and private sector compensation touched off another debate between pro-contractor and pro-federal employee interest group, but it doesn’t resolve whether the government is getting the most bang for its workforce buck.

Top Federal Contractors Paid Billions for Environmental Damage

April 21, 2017

In honor of Earth Day 2017, we encourage you to explore our Federal Contractor Misconduct Database and the wealth of information it contains about the environmental records of the largest federal contractors.

Tax Day Tidbits

April 18, 2017

Some food for thought as you scramble to finish your tax returns.

POGO Challenges Secrecy in Hanford Whistleblower Case

April 4, 2017

The Project On Government Oversight and the Government Accountability Project filed a motion to challenge confidentiality restrictions in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging wrongdoing and safety lapses at the Hanford Site nuclear complex.

Congress Seeks Pentagon Watchdog Probe of Aircraft Parts Supplier

March 23, 2017

On Monday, House Armed Services Committee member Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) asked the Pentagon’s Inspector General to investigate potential misconduct by TransDigm, a key supplier of commercial and military aircraft components.

Congress Passes Rollback of Contractor Accountability Measure

March 9, 2017

Congress passed a resolution blocking new contractor fair pay and workplace safety measures. This is disappointing in light of reports by Senator Warren and others, which have highlighted labor violations by federal contractors.

Contractor Fair Pay and Workplace Safety Rules in Peril

March 3, 2017

This week, Congress moved one step closer to overturning new rules designed to improve workplace safety and contractor accountability.

Tracking Obama’s Corporate Crime Crackdown Coda

February 23, 2017

Good Jobs First added to its Violation Tracker corporate misconduct database a flood of cases settled in the final weeks of the Obama administration, as well as enforcement data from nine more federal agencies.

Stormy Seas Ahead for US Shipbuilding Safety

February 14, 2017

There’s an “unhealthy codependency” between the US Navy and Coast Guard and private shipbuilders, who thrive on federal contracts but neglect workplace safety. President Trump’s plan to expand the US fleet could put shipyard workers in even greater danger.

Trump Orders Review of Wall Street Ethics Rule

February 8, 2017

A forthcoming regulation that will protect consumers from unscrupulous retirement advisers may be in jeopardy after President Trump ordered the Department of Labor to review it.

New Rule Cracks Down on Corporate Muzzling of Whistleblowers

January 19, 2017

The government has issued a rule that will prohibit agencies from awarding contracts and grants to companies that use confidentiality agreements that discourage whistleblowing.

Court Blocks Peek Into Small Biz Contracting Program

January 17, 2017

No one really knows the extent to which federal small business contracts are diverted to large companies. Unfortunately, an appeals court recently refused to shine light on a defense contracting program designed to help small businesses that may be doing more harm than good.

Federal Fraud Recoveries Bounce Back in FY 2016

December 16, 2016

The Justice Department recovered more than $4.7 billion through False Claims Act cases in fiscal year 2016—a sizable increase over last year’s total, and the federal government’s third highest annual fraud recovery ever.

Watchdog Sheds New Light on Afghanistan Luxury Villas

December 14, 2016

Sadly, new information about the Pentagon’s $150 million luxury villas in Afghanistan recently disclosed by SIGAR in a letter to Congress may be the final word on this controversial project.

GAO Finds Shrinking Oversight of Capitol Complex Caretaker

November 16, 2016

Oversight activity at the Architect of the Capitol Office of Inspector General has plummeted in recent years, putting the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to maintain Capitol Hill buildings and grounds at increased risk of waste and fraud.

Court Blocks New Contractor Accountability Rules

October 27, 2016

President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order—a set of regulations designed to ensure the safety and fair treatment of federal contract workers—was to take effect this week. But on Monday, a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked implementation of most of the new regulations.

Intelligence Watchdog Finds Contractor Abuses

October 14, 2016

Newly released investigative files of the Intelligence Community Inspector General detail egregious behavior—including millions of dollars in fraudulent labor charges—by contractor employees working on highly classified programs and operations.

IRS Gears Up for Third Try at Outsourced Tax Collection

September 30, 2016

Will the IRS’s newest attempt to use debt collection companies to recover delinquent taxes succeed where two previous efforts failed? Early indications are not promising.

Government Watchdog Identifies Lessons from Afghanistan Reconstruction

September 14, 2016

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has some important lessons about the systemic corruption that has hindered the 15-year effort to rebuild the war-torn country.

Whistleblower Rejects $8 Million Award to Protest Revolving Door

August 29, 2016

Eric Ben-Artzi turned down an $8.25 million award for blowing the whistle on fraud at Deutsche Bank because the government let the company’s executives off the hook.

Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Rules Set for October Launch

August 25, 2016

The Obama Administration has released final regulations and guidance to implement the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order. The regulations, which go into effect in October, will bring greater transparency to federal contracting and help level the playing field for law-abiding companies.

SEC Secures Another Win for Whistleblower Rights

August 24, 2016

For the second time in less than a week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) scored a win for whistleblower rights when it fined Health Net $340,000 for using severance agreements to silence former employees.

New Insights into DoD Luxury Villas in Afghanistan

August 9, 2016

A former employee of a controversial Pentagon task force came forward with stories—and photos—of one of the most notorious examples of wasteful spending in the Afghanistan reconstruction.

Watchdog Finds Uneven Assessment of Army Contractors

July 28, 2016

Billions of taxpayer dollars are at risk of waste because of the U.S. Army’s failure to consistently follow the rules for evaluating the performance of its contractors, according to a new report by the Pentagon’s inspector general.

$43 Million Gas Station a “Can of Worms” Says Sen. Grassley

July 26, 2016

Senator Chuck Grassley gave Defense Secretary Ashton Carter one month to explain how and why the Pentagon repudiated its own cost estimate of a gas station construction project in Afghanistan.

DynCorp Facing New Charges of Fraud on Iraq Contract

July 22, 2016

The Justice Department claims DynCorp International fraudulently overbilled the State Department on a contract to train the Iraqi police. Five years ago, DynCorp paid millions of dollars to resolve similar allegations involving the same contract.

Breaking: Sen. McCaskill Demands Briefing Based on POGO Report

July 22, 2016

Senator Claire McCaskill requested a briefing with the Pentagon's procurement office Friday after a POGO report found that the office had improperly helped out KGL Logistics, a contractor accused of having illegal business ties with Iran.

McDonnell Decision a Setback for Anti-Corruption Efforts

June 30, 2016

Ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s actions were “distasteful” and “tawdry,” according to the Supreme Court, but not bribery.

Indicted GSA Official is a Blast from POGO’s Past

June 23, 2016

Bells went off when we saw that former GSA official Helen “Renee” Ballard was indicted for a fraud and nepotism scheme involving large federal contractor CACI. Flashback to 2006…

Federal Suspensions and Debarments Drop in FY 2015

June 20, 2016

The government’s use of suspension and debarment to keep federal funds out of the hands of risky recipients declined for the first time in many years. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

What is Going on Behind the Attacks on SIGAR?

May 6, 2016

These are dangerous days for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, whose investigation of waste and wrongdoing in the $113 billion effort to rebuild Afghanistan— particularly of an overpriced gas station—has unleashed a firestorm of criticism.

CIA Watchdog Finds Abuses in Use of Independent Contractors

May 2, 2016

A newly released Inspector General audit found the CIA broke the law in its hiring and managing its independent contractors. The agency might also have overpaid for the services.

Plaintiffs Protest PACER Pricing

April 28, 2016

A proposed class action lawsuit alleges the office that runs the PACER court-document access system has been ripping off users for years.

Improprieties Found in Navy Port Service Contracts

April 12, 2016

An audit conducted in response to a massive Navy contract bribery scandal found significant weaknesses in the Navy’s management of port service contractors, as well as several improper—and potentially fraudulent—practices by the Navy and its contractors.

Is the Government Too Transparent?

March 21, 2016

To celebrate Sunshine Week, two noted scholars debated the question “Is Our Government Too Open?”

A Guaranteed Taxpayer Rip-Off?

March 9, 2016

The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard are "essentially rewarding" contractors for producing defective ships, according to a recent GAO report.

Pentagon Must Improve Oversight of Defective Spare Parts

February 25, 2016

According to a new report, the Pentagon passed up more than $12 million in refunds from contractors and put our fighting forces at risk by not effectively managing its stockpile of defective spare parts.

False Profits: Air Force Contractors Reap Taxpayer-Funded Windfall

February 17, 2016

The U.S. Air Force might have paid contractors tens of millions of dollars in unwarranted profits, according to a new report by the Department of Defense Inspector General.

Divided Loyalty: Financial Industry Fights To Keep Its Interests Ahead of Investors'

February 10, 2016

It took almost six years, but the government is set to issue a rule that will increase transparency and accountability in financial advice given to retirement savers.

New Rule Increases Scrutiny of Deadbeat and Felon Contractors

February 3, 2016

POGO supports a new rule requiring federal agencies to more rigorously screen felon and tax-delinquent companies that bid on contracts.

More Troubles for Whistleblower Thomas Tamm

January 29, 2016

The federal government hounded Thomas Tamm for years after he exposed the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping. Now, the District of Columbia wants to take his law license away for blowing the whistle.

Senate Examines Controversial DoD Afghanistan Task Force

January 22, 2016

There were plenty of fireworks at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on a Pentagon task force that spent $638 million to revive Afghanistan's economy.

Millions of Dollars Wasted in Afghan Extractives Program

January 14, 2016

The Pentagon Task Force that spent $43 million on a gas station and $150 million on luxury villas might have wasted up to $54 million on efforts to revive Afghanistan's oil, gas, and minerals industries.

Many Top Federal Contractors Have Human Rights Violations

December 17, 2015

As Human Rights Week wraps up, we invite the public to explore our Federal Contractor Misconduct Database for instances in which the federal government's largest suppliers were alleged or found to have violated basic human rights and freedoms.

Federal Fraud Recoveries Drop More than 38 Percent

December 15, 2015

In fiscal year 2015, the Department of Justice recovered more than $3.5 billion in cases involving fraud against the government—a dramatic decrease from the previous fiscal year’s total.

Visualizing 20 Years of Contractor Misconduct

December 14, 2015

POGO's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database comes alive in an online interactive graph.

Drawing a Bead on Contractor Misconduct

December 8, 2015

Last month's announcement that defense contractor L-3 Communications will pay over $25 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit for selling defective gun sights left us with mixed feelings.

DoD Task Force Blew $150 Million on Posh Digs

December 3, 2015

The Pentagon task force responsible for the $43 million gas station in Afghanistan now stands accused of wasting millions on lavish private housing.

Senate Probing Possible Reprisal Against DoD Task Force Whistleblower

November 23, 2015

The Pentagon task force responsible for the $43 million gas station in Afghanistan is in the news again, this time over claims by its former chief that he is the victim of whistleblower retaliation.

Big Pharma, Oil Dominate List of Federal Contractors Most Penalized for Misconduct

November 12, 2015

For the first time since the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) began tracking misconduct by the largest federal contractors, pharmaceutical and oil companies make up the top five highest penalized companies in POGO’s annual update.

Key Trends in POGO’s Revamped Contractor Misconduct Database

November 12, 2015

Energy companies, drug manufacturers, and military hardware suppliers dominate the list of wrongdoers profiled in POGO's upgraded Federal Contractor Misconduct Database.

DoD Pays Premium for Gas Station in Afghanistan

November 2, 2015

The Pentagon won't explain why it spent nearly $43 million to build a gas station in Afghanistan that shouldn't have cost more than $500,000.

The 100-Hour Workday Is the New $435 Hammer

October 19, 2015

Why have there been so many federal contractor labor fraud cases in the news lately?

New DOJ Corporate Crime Policy Will Impact Contracting

September 17, 2015

What impact will the Department of Justice's new guidelines for fighting corporate crime have on the companies in POGO's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database and on federal contracting in general?

Obama Orders Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave

September 9, 2015

On Labor Day, President Obama signed an Executive Order requiring contractors to provide employees paid sick leave. It was the latest in a series of executive actions designed to improve contractors’ labor practices.

Army Ordered to Pay KBR’s Legal Expenses

August 31, 2015

The millions of dollars KBR has spent fighting lawsuits alleging toxic poisoning in Iraq must be reimbursed by taxpayers, according to a ruling by the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

Court Upholds Federal Ban on Pay-to-Play

July 10, 2015

A federal appeals court unanimously upheld the ban on contractor campaign contributions. The court ruled that the ban is supported by the compelling interest of preventing corruption.

Federal Small Business Contracting: Fact or Fiction?

July 7, 2015

The Small Business Administration touted the federal government's small business contracting success last year, claiming $91.7 billion, or 25 percent of all contract dollars, was awarded to small businesses. Are the numbers too good to be true?

Afghanistan Watchdog Hunts $36 Million White Elephant

May 22, 2015

The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog released its findings regarding an unused command facility at Camp Leatherneck that cost taxpayers $36 million.

A National Action Plan for Contract Reform

May 21, 2015

For the upcoming 3rd National Action Plan, POGO is proposing 8 commitments that will advance contracting transparency.

Slaughterhouse Jive: $1.5M Wasted on Afghan Abattoir

April 27, 2015

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that an abandoned and unfinished slaughterhouse in eastern Afghanistan could cost taxpayers upwards of $5.8 million.

Suspension and Debarment by the Numbers

April 24, 2015

A new report shows that the federal government is increasingly relying on suspension and debarment to prevent risky companies and individuals from receiving contracts, grants, and other taxpayer funds.

Flying the Whistleblower-Unfriendly Skies

April 8, 2015

Add United Airlines to the list of major companies that may be suppressing whistleblowers with restrictive confidentiality agreements. The agreement United requires its employees to sign is very similar to the one for which KBR was recently punished.

Report Finds Shaky Whistleblower Support by Big Contractors

April 2, 2015

A State Department Inspector General report found that some of the government's largest contractors have confidentiality policies that may have a chilling effect on whistleblowers.

Watchdog Scrutinizes Pentagon Spending in Afghanistan

April 1, 2015

The Department of Defense provided an incomplete picture of the billions of dollars it has obligated for Afghanistan reconstruction.

The Few, The Proud, The Small Business Contractors

March 26, 2015

A new report by the Pentagon’s watchdog found that Marine Corps Base Quantico is not doing enough to ensure that small businesses are getting their fair share of federal contracts.

Who Are the Biggest Corporate Welfare Moochers?

March 18, 2015

Who are Uncle Sam's favorite corporations? Find out with a free online database that tracks government subsidies and other financial support.

Anti-Low Road Contracting Rule Coming Soon

March 16, 2015

The White House will soon issue a proposed rule for implementing President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The order will save money and protect millions of workers, but it faces strong opposition from contractors.

Pentagon Tries to Bury Latest Afghanistan Report

March 13, 2015

Recent actions by the Pentagon justify the public's concern that the government is not being completely forthright about what's happening in Afghanistan.

POGO Gets a Peek Inside FAPIIS

February 27, 2015

Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal new insights into the federal government's contractor and grantee misconduct database.

Waste Disposal in Afghanistan: The Final Word

February 12, 2015

The military's approach to solid waste disposal in Afghanistan was “haphazard and reactive,” not to mention health-endangering, according to a new report.

August 13, 2018

New Website Lists Barred Pentagon Contractors Getting Work

Bloomberg | By Sam Skolnik

August 9, 2018

Defense Agencies Continue Awarding Contracts to Suspended Firms, Report Finds

Government Executive | By Charles S. Clark

August 6, 2018

Millions Flow to Pentagon’s Banned Contractors Via a Back Door

Bloomberg | By Sam Skolnik

June 22, 2018

$85 million taxpayer funded 'luxury hotel' in Kabul never completed

Sinclair Broadcasting | By Kristine Frazao

June 14, 2018

Defense Contractors Cashing In On Immigrant Kids’ Detention

The Daily Beast | By Betsy Woodruff, Spencer Ackerman

April 8, 2018

Most Admired Companies

Full Measure | By Sharyl Attkisson

December 18, 2017

Report: FEMA Wasted Billions of Taxpayer Dollars and May Have Broken the Law

Newsweek | By Nicole Rodriguez

November 3, 2017

The Energy 202: Alaskans are sick and tired of everyone telling them not to drill

The Washington Post | By Dino Grandoni

November 2, 2017

FEMA Ramps Up No-Bid Awards While Faulting Puerto Rico

Bloomberg Business | By Christopher Flavelle, Paul Murphy

August 18, 2017

U.S. Taxpayers May Pay CIA Torture Doctors Legal Bills

The Daily Beast | By Spencer Ackerman

July 26, 2017

Will Donald Trump Privatize the Afghanistan War?

War Is Boring | By POGO's Neil Gordon

June 12, 2017

U.S. Customs Agency May Contract-Out To Recruit Border Agents

The Chief | By Bob Hennelly

March 13, 2017

Controversy Over Obama Contractor Safe Workplaces Rule Won’t End With Its Repeal

Charles S. Clark | By Government Executive

April 20, 2016

Major flaws in U.S. Navy’s Oversight of Service Contractors

The National Interest | By POGO's Neil Gordon

February 23, 2016

Audit says Robins contractors overpaid by millions

The Telegraph | By Wayne Crenshaw

July 29, 2015

CNBC Fast Money: Love Of A Lifetime Stocks

Shares Investment | By Chen Xushuang

April 7, 2015

Are State Department Contractors Shortchanging Whistleblowers?

Government Executive (GovExec.com) | By Charles S. Clark

December 8, 2014

Supreme Group Fined $389 Million for Overcharging Pentagon

The Wall Street Journal | By Doug Cameron

September 29, 2014

The Many, Many Ideas to Fix the Broken Security Clearance Process

Government Executive (govexec.com) | By Eric Katz

August 10, 2014

What Obama’s new executive order means for federal contractors

The Washington Post | By Amrita Jayakumar

June 18, 2014

Contractor that vetted Snowden gets load of work after paying lobbyists

The Washington Times | By Jim McElhatton

June 2, 2014

U.S. punishing more federal contractors for poor performance

The Baltimore Sun | By Justin George

May 19, 2014

Northrop Grumman improperly charged government more than $100 million, IG says

The Washington Post | By Christian Davenport

February 28, 2014

The Era of Security Clearance Self-Review Could Be Permanently Over

Government Executive at govexec.com | By Charles S. Clark

February 20, 2014

'Windfalls of war': Companies with spotty records making billions off Afghanistan

Fox News | By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

February 18, 2014

FBI Secretive About Spy Gear Technology

McClatchy News Service via Government Technology govtech.com | By Carl Prine

November 13, 2013

2WTK: Company Behind Food Stamp Program Has History Of Complaints

WFMY - NBC News | By Benjamin Briscoe

May 2, 2013

Senate considering bill to ban tax scofflaw contractors

USA Today | By Tom Vanden Brook