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February 14, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Stormy Seas Ahead for US Shipbuilding Safety



USS John C. Stennis enters dry dock in 2013 on anovercast day at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard There’s an “unhealthy codependency” between the US Navy and Coast Guard and private shipbuilders, who thrive on federal contracts but neglect workplace safety. President Trump’s plan to expand the US fleet could put shipyard workers in even greater danger.

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Topics: National Security, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

January 19, 2017

By Neil Gordon

New Rule Cracks Down on Corporate Muzzling of Whistleblowers



Whistleblower whistle The government has issued a rule that will prohibit agencies from awarding contracts and grants to companies that use confidentiality agreements that discourage whistleblowing.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Contract Oversight

December 16, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Federal Fraud Recoveries Bounce Back in FY 2016



Cash Stack The Justice Department recovered more than $4.7 billion through False Claims Act cases in fiscal year 2016—a sizable increase over last year’s total, and the federal government’s third highest annual fraud recovery ever.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 27, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Court Blocks New Contractor Accountability Rules



Court Blocks New Regulations Designed to Ensure Worker Safety and Fair Treatment of Federal Contract Workers President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order—a set of regulations designed to ensure the safety and fair treatment of federal contract workers—was to take effect this week. But on Monday, a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked imple

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Intelligence Watchdog Finds Contractor Abuses



Typing on a computer Newly released investigative files of the Intelligence Community Inspector General detail egregious behavior—including millions of dollars in fraudulent labor charges—by contractor employees working on highly classified programs and operations.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

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