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November 15, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Big Firm Gets Small Business Contracts



Contract Oversight The Washington Post released an investigation reporting that massive Virginia firm MicroTechnologies has been using a little-known contracting method to rake in millions of dollars of contracts designated for small businesses from the Department of Veteran

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 8, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

How a Highly Secret DoD Agency Does Business



National Security The Air Force’s “Big Safari” is “a secretive and shadowy organization that has been in existence for over 60 years.” Even though Big Safari hands out billions in contracts, it doesn't follow the rules like other agencies.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 25, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

DoD OIG Expands into “Buy American” Compliance



National Security POGO urged the Defense Department Inspector General to expand its audit into domestic preference laws. The IG recently announced that is would expand the audit, and now it will investigate DoD compliance with the Berry Amendment and the Buy American Act.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 5, 2013

By Andrew Wyner

POGO Supports Sen. Collins’s Contracting Legislation



Chinese Boots POGO calls on the DoD IG to audit domestic preference contracting laws. In addition to following the law, the military might end up saving a buck or two.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 31, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Contracting Policy Office Wants Industry Inside Agencies



Contract Oversight The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is promoting the idea of allowing contracting personnel to rotate between the government and the private sector. But this proposal is the last thing we need if we want to enhance the federal acquisition workforce.

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