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July 21, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Will Trump Privatize the Afghanistan War?



Soldier in Afghanistan Last week brought disturbing news that two prominent voices from the private security industry— Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg—are trying to convince the Pentagon to let private security firms replace American troops in Afghanistan. We explain why this i

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 13, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

POGO Applauds New White House Policy Statement



The White House The Trump Administration has rightly criticized several bad provisions in the House NDAA bill including funding the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, blocking Base Realignment and Closure, misusing the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, and limitin

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Contract Oversight

June 27, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Lawmakers Suspect Illegality in Privatized Tax Collection Program



IRS Sign and Flag An IRS program employing private companies to recover overdue taxes is just a few weeks old, but it already has a group of Senators worried the collection companies may be abusing debtors and breaking the law.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 2, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Pay Gap Report Misses Big Picture, Fails to Resolve Whether Outsourcing Saves Money



Pay difference The latest comparison of federal government and private sector compensation touched off another debate between pro-contractor and pro-federal employee interest group, but it doesn’t resolve whether the government is getting the most bang for its workforce buck.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 18, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Tax Day Tidbits



Working at a computer Some food for thought as you scramble to finish your tax returns.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Contract Oversight

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