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December 4, 2017

By Peter Tyler

Starving the Department of Homeland Security Watchdog During a Time of Growing Challenges



Department of Homeland Security The Senate and House deliberations over the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) budget exemplifies how Congress must strengthen its oversight efforts. While the overall DHS budget is increasing as the agency is facing many new

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Topics: Government Accountability

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 20, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Harvey, Irma, and Maria: Hurricane Recovery Contract Spending by the Numbers



Palletized food and water at Dover Air Force Base, Del., prior to being airlifted to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico and St. Croix after the wake of Hurricane Maria. Regularly updated spreadsheets posted on the Federal Procurement Data System, an online repository of federal contract spending data, reveal fascinating details about the billions spent to aid and rebuild the areas affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 6, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Disaster Relief Needs Oversight to Stop Waste and Fraud



A Coast Guardsman looks out of a helicopter during search and rescue missions following Hurricane Harvey around Beaumont, Texas, Aug. 30, 2017. As Congress contemplates funding billions of dollars in disaster aid, it should ensure the money is overseen adequately.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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