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December 13, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Has Political Spending Defanged Intel Watchdogs in Congress?



Cash Stack Congressional overseers of U.S. intelligence programs received $3.7 million in campaign contributions from the largest intelligence contractors, according to a nonprofit research organization.

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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

November 8, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Tiny Bubbles: Afghan Reconstruction Oversight Shrinks



Oversight in Afghanistan 2014 The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction is predicting an oversight access gap in the future. The troop drawdown is going to make it impossible to oversee many reconstruction projects that have been completed or are under construction.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 4, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Will Congress Fix How Contractors Are Held Accountable?



Draft view of the Suspend Act in the House of Representatives POGO has proposed changes to the federal government's suspension and debarment system for years, and supports the proposed SUSPEND Act, which would consolidate the vast suspension and debarment system.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 1, 2013

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Congressional Members Question Need for B61 Refurbishment



B61 Bomb The House Armed Services Committee held a hearing this week to ask if the U.S. truly needs the $12 billion life extension program for the B61 nuclear bomb.

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Topics: National Security

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