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July 21, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Will Trump Privatize the Afghanistan War?



Soldier in Afghanistan 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 i

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 17, 2017

By Christine Ostrosky

Congressional Caucuses Demand Transparency from ICE



Detention Center fence The leaders of several Congressional caucuses delivered a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement on July 11 demanding data on the nation’s detention centers.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

June 27, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Lawmakers Suspect Illegality in Privatized Tax Collection Program



IRS Sign and Flag 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.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 20, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

Letting Contractors Pick Their Own Auditors is a Bad Idea



Man in a military uniform removing folders from a filing cabinet A new law lets contractors hire their own auditors, despite history that shows it can come at the expense of independent oversight.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 17, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Finds DoD Must Improve Contractor Performance Monitoring



Photo of Scrabble tiles that spell the word REPORT 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.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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