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April 1, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Scrutinizes Pentagon Spending in Afghanistan



Afghan Security Forces The Department of Defense provided an incomplete picture of the billions of dollars it has obligated for Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 26, 2015

By Neil Gordon

The Few, The Proud, The Small Business Contractors



Marines March at Quantico A new report by the Pentagon’s watchdog found that Marine Corps Base Quantico is not doing enough to ensure that small businesses are getting their fair share of federal contracts.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 26, 2015

By Jacob Marx

The Pentagon’s Wartime Slush Fund



National Security It’s called the Overseas Contingency Operations Account, or OCO, and it’s the Pentagon’s warfighting fund. Or at least it’s supposed to be. Instead, it has become a slush fund for Pentagon programs that have no connection to our war efforts.

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Topics: National Security

March 24, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

In Carter We Trust?



Tammy Duckworth on Contractor Spending Representative Duckworth wants more information about Defense Department efforts to hire the appropriate workforce and to use contractor inventories for budgetary and readiness purposes.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 20, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

The Senate Should Let the Sun Shine on the NDAA



Government Accountability Holding debates and markups in secret is the antithesis of open government, and the Senate Armed Services Committee should consider opening up its doors to the public.

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Topics: National Security

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