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January 17, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Court Blocks Peek Into Small Biz Contracting Program



A Heavily Redacted Document from the Department of Defense No one really knows the extent to which federal small business contracts are diverted to large companies. Unfortunately, an appeals court recently refused to shine light on a defense contracting program designed to help small businesses that may be doing m

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

December 16, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Federal Fraud Recoveries Bounce Back in FY 2016



Cash Stack The Justice Department recovered more than $4.7 billion through False Claims Act cases in fiscal year 2016—a sizable increase over last year’s total, and the federal government’s third highest annual fraud recovery ever.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Sheds New Light on Afghanistan Luxury Villas



Photograph of a Task Force villas in Kabul, included in 11/25/15 letter from Special Inspector General John Sopko to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter Sadly, new information about the Pentagon’s $150 million luxury villas in Afghanistan recently disclosed by SIGAR in a letter to Congress may be the final word on this controversial project.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

November 16, 2016

By Neil Gordon

GAO Finds Shrinking Oversight of Capitol Complex Caretaker



The Architect of the Capitol is in the final painting phase of the Dome Restoration Project Oversight activity at the Architect of the Capitol Office of Inspector General has plummeted in recent years, putting the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to maintain Capitol Hill buildings and grounds at increased risk of waste and fraud.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

October 27, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Court Blocks New Contractor Accountability Rules



Court Blocks New Regulations Designed to Ensure Worker Safety and Fair Treatment of Federal Contract Workers President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order—a set of regulations designed to ensure the safety and fair treatment of federal contract workers—was to take effect this week. But on Monday, a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked imple

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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