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May 22, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Watchdog Hunts $36 Million White Elephant



Photograph of the Afghanistan White Elephant Building The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog released its findings regarding an unused command facility at Camp Leatherneck that cost taxpayers $36 million.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 21, 2015

By Neil Gordon

A National Action Plan for Contract Reform



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

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 30, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

SIGAR Warns of Drastic Drawdown in Afghanistan Oversight



Afghanistan Possible Oversight Access 2914 The U.S. has appropriated about $110 billion over 14 years attempting to rebuild Afghanistan, and $15 billion remains unspent as of March 2015. But there may not be enough watchdogs left to adequately oversee how the remaining money is spent, according to testimony prepared by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

April 27, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Slaughterhouse Jive: $1.5M Wasted on Afghan Abattoir



Photo of the Afghanistan Slaughterhouse Construction Site 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.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 24, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Suspension and Debarment by the Numbers



Graph of Federal Suspension & Debarment Actions FY2010-FY2014 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.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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