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December 23, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Congress Locks Pentagon into Commercial Item Ripoffs



Screenshot of the cover of Report number DODIG-2014-088 New legislation and industry concerns might have killed a Defense Department commercial item buying rule that would have prevented wasteful spending. We'll have to wait until next year, but it certainly looks like the Pentagon is locked into more bad deals

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 23, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

The Unredacted Truth About Spare Parts Overcharges



Helicopter Overcharges for weapon spare parts continue to be the most obvious area of Pentagon waste, which will continue until Congress's acquisition reform efforts include updating the definition of commercial items.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 10, 2014

By Neil Gordon

United Technologies and the Pentagon: History Repeats



Contract Oversight A new report by the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) paints a troubling picture of the Pentagon’s decades-long relationship with one of its top contractors, United Technologies. At best, it indicates some fine-tuning is needed in defense co

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 9, 2014

By Gabriela Urias

Counterfeit Electronic Parts Regulation Bogged Down



National Security A Department of Defense regulation meant to curtail the use of counterfeit electronic parts is bogged down in debate, leaving military equipment vulnerable.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 15, 2013

By Ethan Rosenkranz

At the Pentagon, “The Price is Wrong”



Price is Wrong Representative Jackie Speier recently played the game, “The Price is Wrong,” on the House Floor in order to highlight cases in which government contractors are overbilling the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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