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November 17, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Whitefish Exposes Contracts Lacking Oversight Teeth



Cleanup after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico Whitefish Energy’s controversial contract to restore power in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico highlights systemic federal contracting problems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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

March 24, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Contracts Need to Be Posted Online



Senator Claire McCaskill speaking in the Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee The “Contractor Accountability and Transparency Act of 2017” (S. 651) introduced by Senator Claire McCaskill will enhance transparency in the area of federal contract spending. The bill will expand the information available on USASpending.gov, make the con

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

July 11, 2016

By Lane Corrigan

Purchase Cards Cut Red Tape but Not Spending



Photograph of Purchase Cards or Credit Cards A new GAO report finds room for improvement in how federal agencies analyze purchases made on government purchase cards. When agencies don’t fully review their receipts, they miss opportunities to leverage their buying power and find discounts.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 7, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

GSA Will Track Government Orders but Will Lose Discount Info



Photograph of numbers, calculator and reading glasses The General Services Administration announced it dropped two commercial price protection clauses from its acquisition policy and added one that would better track pricing from the federal marketplace. But the new policy is concerning because it makes it ea

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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