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November 17, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

Audit Faults State Dept’s Kabul Embassy Security Management



Kabul Embassy An audit by the State Department’s Inspector General found lapses in the Department’s oversight of a contract with Aegis Defense Services for protection of the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 10, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Blackwater and the “Subservient” State Department



State Department The recent revelation of a Blackwater employee's death threat to a State Department official is further evidence of the government's subservience to contractors.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 21, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Former Blackwater Guards Re-indicted for 2007 Iraq Shooting



Contract Oversight A federal grand jury re-indicted four former Blackwater guards involved in a shooting in Baghdad in September 2007.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 20, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

State Dept. Corrects Testimony POGO Exposed as Misleading



Patrick Kennedy A week after the Project On Government Oversight exposed recent State Department testimony on embassy security as inaccurate and misleading, the Department has written a letter to members of the U.S. Senate acknowledging that its testimony was wrong and co

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 18, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

Questions for Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy



Patrick Kennedy At a House hearing Wednesday, Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy faced intense questioning about Benghazi. There are also questions Kennedy could answer about the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, where former guards say security problems could lead to tragedy.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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