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September 6, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Disaster Relief Needs Oversight to Stop Waste and Fraud



A Coast Guardsman looks out of a helicopter during search and rescue missions following Hurricane Harvey around Beaumont, Texas, Aug. 30, 2017. As Congress contemplates funding billions of dollars in disaster aid, it should ensure the money is overseen adequately.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

September 1, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Celebrate Labor Day by Diving into Contractor Misconduct Data



A civilian contractor installs bleachers on the flight deck as workers build a basketball arena aboard the USS Carl Vinson. The federal government’s largest contractors have paid a collective total of $2.7 billion in penalties since the 1990s for a wide variety of labor violations, which you can read about in POGO’s Federal Contractor Misconduct Database.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 21, 2017

By Laura Peterson

New Bill Hurts and Helps Trump’s Border Wall



Donald Trump on the campaign trail A new Republican bill loosens President Trump’s requirement for a border wall, but contains disturbing implications for government contracting and corporate handouts.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

August 17, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Defense Supplier Accused of Price Gouging is Hit with Shareholder Lawsuit



Stock market with money graphic TransDigm Group, a leading aircraft parts supplier suspected of overcharging the Pentagon, was sued by stockholders upset about the effect the company’s recent notoriety is having on their portfolios.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

August 8, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Prison Time for GSA Official Caught in Nepotism Scheme



GSA Building 120 Helen Rene’e Ballard, a former GSA contracting official who played a key role in a POGO investigation more than a decade ago, was recently sentenced to prison for a nepotism scheme.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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