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January 8, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria Contract Spending Revisited



Puerto Rican National Guard patrols San Juan 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.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 15, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Homeland Security Watchdog Finds Government Abuse at Detention Centers



Prison fence The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General found that immigrant detainees were subject to inhumane and unhealthy conditions.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

November 13, 2017

By Amelia Strauss

Some Agencies Yet to Implement IT Oversight Reforms, GAO Reports



Person holding a magnifying glass over a computer with code The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report assessing implementation of reforms meant to reduce waste in federal agency IT investment.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Agency Rulemaking

October 27, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Puerto Rico Electric Contract Concerning, But Normal



Power line distribution specialists inspect the road near damaged power lines in Río Grande, Puerto Rico, Oct. 25, 2017, during Hurricane Maria relief efforts. The no-audit clause in the Whitefish Energy contract to restore electricity in Puerto Rico is a problem, and it actually highlights a bigger problem with many federal contracts.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

October 23, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Border Agency Hasn’t Requested Funding for New Wall



Kevin McAleenan Despite President Trump’s claim that a border wall is crucial for our safety, the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t requested funding for new walls or fences since the last wall was mandated a decade ago.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

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