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April 11, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Judge in Blackwater Prosecution Seeks Probe of State Dept.



Contract Oversight A federal judge sharply criticized the State Department's decision to grant legal immunity to Blackwater guards involved in a 2007 shooting in Iraq. That decision nearly doomed the manslaughter case against the guards, which goes to trial in June.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 9, 2014

By Gabriela Urias

Counterfeit Electronic Parts Regulation Bogged Down



National Security A Department of Defense regulation meant to curtail the use of counterfeit electronic parts is bogged down in debate, leaving military equipment vulnerable.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 8, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

SIGAR and USAID Clash over Access to Afghan Assessments



Sopko Testimony SIGAR wants USAID to stop stonewalling about failures in Afghanistan reconstruction spending. USAID is protecting information, and some of their justifications are far fetched.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 19, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Watchdog Sinks Teeth Into Scrapped Incinerators



Incinerators The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog has launched a formal inquiry into an ill-fated U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract to build waste incinerators at Forward Operating Base Sharana.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 17, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Entrusting Afghanistan Aid Oversight to Contractors



Contract Oversight The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is about to put contractors in charge of overseeing the billions of dollars invested in Afghanistan reconstruction. Is this a good idea?

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