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May 13, 2016

By Phoebe Bodkin

Shay Assad is Maligned, His Pro-Taxpayer Initiatives Blocked



Shay Assad Pentagon DoD Pricing Shay Assad, DoD’s director of Defense Pricing, has been legally blocked from implementing pro-taxpayer initiates thanks to successful lobbying by contractors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

May 2, 2016

By Neil Gordon

CIA Watchdog Finds Abuses in Use of Independent Contractors



CIA Headquarters A newly released Inspector General audit found the CIA broke the law in its hiring and managing its independent contractors. The agency might also have overpaid for the services.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 27, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

DoD Proposes Increasing Employee Spending Limits



Credit card money cash spending The DoD recently proposed legislation to increase the micro-purchase threshold from $3,000 to $10,000. Past abuses of purchase cards highlight the risks of increasing this limit.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 7, 2016

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

B-21 Comes with a Stealth Final Price Tag



B-21 Bomber Rendering Despite requests by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, the Air Force isn't releasing the final contract value for the B-21, the new Long Range Strike Bomber, arguing that estimates are good enough.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security, Contract Oversight

February 3, 2016

By Neil Gordon

New Rule Increases Scrutiny of Deadbeat and Felon Contractors



Federal Taxes Money Pay to the Order of POGO supports a new rule requiring federal agencies to more rigorously screen felon and tax-delinquent companies that bid on contracts.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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