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May 13, 2016

By Phoebe Bodkin

Shay Assad is Maligned, His Pro-Taxpayer Initiatives Blocked



Shay Assad Pentagon DoD Pricing Shay Assad, DoD’s director of Defense Pricing, has been legally blocked from implementing pro-taxpayer initiates thanks to successful lobbying by contractors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

May 2, 2016

By Neil Gordon

CIA Watchdog Finds Abuses in Use of Independent Contractors



CIA Headquarters A newly released Inspector General audit found the CIA broke the law in its hiring and managing its independent contractors. The agency might also have overpaid for the services.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 19, 2015

By Neil Gordon

The 100-Hour Workday Is the New $435 Hammer



Photo of a Period Timesheet Why have there been so many federal contractor labor fraud cases in the news lately?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 15, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Who’s Ripping Off the Government Now? The Government!



GSA IT GSA Profit The General Services Administration charges other agencies fees when they use GSA-established contracts. Those fees have provided a slush fund to GSA that exceeds $1 billion.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 28, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Thornberry Buying Industry Commercial-Item Policies



Photo of C-130J aircraft getting cleaned POGO has received lobbying documents that show that proposed changes to commercial items definitions and procurement processes come at the behest of industry. And if history is any guide, the Defense Department and taxpayers will have to eat the costs of t

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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