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Obama Outlines Contracting Reforms

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March 4, 2009

The president's statement today on reforming government contracting was welcome news to the Project On Government Oversight. His recommendations go to the heart of the systemic failures of how the federal government currently spends hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.

"This is great news coming from the White House. By giving this speech, President Obama has highlighted the culture of corruption in contracting in Washington, and is embracing the necessary changes to fix it," said Danielle Brian, Executive Director, POGO. "The hard part will be to reach down into the incestuous government contracting world and change how Washington does business."

Last October, POGO sent the Presidential transition teams a set of recommendations addressing the federal contracting system.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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