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July 13, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

USAID’s Partner Vetting System: Controversial but Necessary



Photo of US Aid in Action The United States Agency for International Development’s Partner Vetting System isn't without controversy, but it is possible to find the right balance to ensure taxpayer dollars don't go to terrorists.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

April 27, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Slaughterhouse Jive: $1.5M Wasted on Afghan Abattoir



Photo of the Afghanistan Slaughterhouse Construction Site The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that an abandoned and unfinished slaughterhouse in eastern Afghanistan could cost taxpayers upwards of $5.8 million.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 24, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Suspension and Debarment by the Numbers



Graph of Federal Suspension & Debarment Actions FY2010-FY2014 A new report shows that the federal government is increasingly relying on suspension and debarment to prevent risky companies and individuals from receiving contracts, grants, and other taxpayer funds.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 16, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Anti-Low Road Contracting Rule Coming Soon



Contract Oversight The White House will soon issue a proposed rule for implementing President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The order will save money and protect millions of workers, but it faces strong opposition from contractors.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 27, 2015

By Neil Gordon

POGO Gets a Peek Inside FAPIIS



Contract Oversight Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal new insights into the federal government's contractor and grantee misconduct database.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.