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July 24, 2014

By Neil Gordon

U.S. Using Unsafe Burn Pit in Afghanistan—Again



Burn Pit The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found unsafe and illegal solid waste disposal practices at Shindand Airbase.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 17, 2014

By Neil Gordon

New Brookings Paper Analyzes Government Failure



Contract Oversight A new research paper and interactive website produced by the Brookings Institution provide a unique insight into federal government failures since 2001.

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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

June 24, 2014

By Michelle Li

DoD IG Reviews Federal Program to Combat Human Trafficking



Handcuffs The DoD Inspector General has released a report on the Combating Trafficking in Persons program, which is meant to implement the DoD's zero-tolerance policy regarding human trafficking.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 23, 2014

By Neil Gordon

SSA Not Timely in Revoking Contractor Data Access Privileges



Private Sign An audit by the Social Security Administration Inspector General found several agency contractor employees continued to have access to its data systems long after they had left the job.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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