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November 20, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Corporate Political Spenders Get Lucrative Payouts



Contract Oversight America's largest corporations got, on average, $760 in federal funds for every $1 they spent on lobbying and campaign contributions, combined. For the five largest federal contractors, however, the average return on investment was more than twice that amo

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 17, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

Audit Faults State Dept’s Kabul Embassy Security Management



Kabul Embassy An audit by the State Department’s Inspector General found lapses in the Department’s oversight of a contract with Aegis Defense Services for protection of the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 14, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Nuclear Contractor Used Taxpayer Dollars to Lobby for Taxpayer Dollars



Sandia National Laboratory The Department of Energy Inspector General has confirmed allegations that the contractor managing Sandia National Laboratory illegally used taxpayer dollars to lobby Department officials and Members of Congress for a contract extension.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 10, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Maersk Settles Alleged Contract Fraud for $8.7M



Maersk Ship Danish shipping giant Maersk pays $8.7 million to settle claim of defrauding the U.S. government on a contract to supply the military in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 7, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Acquisition Reform Seems More Like Industry Wish List



Contract Oversight Acquisition reform is a hot buzz phrase, but the latest proposal by the New Democrat Coalition reads like a contracting lobbyist's talking points. Contracting improvements are needed, but the government shouldn't invite contractors to run the store and gut

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