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January 12, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Privatized Tax Collection Loses Money, Hurts the Poor



Hands reaching out for money from a man with empty pockets 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.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 2, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Federal Fraud Recoveries Decline in Fiscal Year 2017



A gavel, calculator, and hundred dollar bills pictured next to an invoice. 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.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 18, 2017

By Amelia Strauss

Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Plan Shrouded in Secrecy



Help The secrecy around Puerto Rico’s hurricane response and recovery plan is an odd and troubling aspect of September’s major disaster.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

December 4, 2017

By Neil Gordon

White House Considering Privatized Spy Networks



CIA Director Mike Pompeo 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.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 31, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Army Prepares to Deploy Next Worldwide Warfighter Support Contract



US Army Contracting Command convoy 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.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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