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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

December 16, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Former CEO of “Flagrant 5” Firm Pleads Guilty to Fraud



Contract Oversight Former Louis Berger Group CEO Derish Wolff pleaded guilty to overbilling the U.S. Agency for International Development. Two other former executives have already pleaded guilty in the matter, for which the company paid $69 million in civil and criminal fine

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 6, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

DoD IG Confirms POGO’s DARPA Concerns



DARPA DARPA improperly awards contracts, often without proper evaluations, required support or approvals, and checking the adequacy of contractor accounting systems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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